Newspaper bus catches fire near Otjiwarongo

14 Feb 2014 12:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – Residents of Ondangwa, Ongwediva and Oshakati are without their Friday editions of The Namibian and New Era newspapers after a bus carrying the newspapers caught fire near Otjiwarongo on Friday morning.
Not all newspapers were destroyed in the fire, but were drenched with water from the fire engines used to put out the fire.
The newspapers are currently being kept at the Otjiwarongo police station, while the 34-year-old driver, Leevi Ndara, escaped unhurt.
The bus belongs to Hardap Freight Services, a Windhoek-based courier service contracted by the two media houses to distribute their newspapers countrywide.
The owner of Hardap Freight Services, Gert Liebenberg told Nampa at the Otjiwarongo police station on Friday that the newspapers were destined for Ondangwa, Ongwediva and Oshakati.
The incident happened at about 02h00 on Friday morning, some six kilometres outside Otjiwarongo on the B1 road from Okahandja.
Liebenberg suspects that a wheel-bearing might have ceased working and heated up inside the tyre rim, causing the left rear tyre to burst.
About three-quarters of the bus was on fire.
“The estimated loss, including the newspapers, is half-a-million Namibian dollars,” he said.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha said Hardap Freight Services reported the accident, but no case was opened.