01 May 2014 12:30pm
GOBABIS, 01 MAY (NAMPA) Eight people died and three others were critically injured in three separate accident in the Omaheke Region between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
In the most gruesome accident of the three, a truck collided with a sedan taxi near the Gobabis Golf Course along the road leading out of Gobabis on Thursday morning around 03h00.
Four people died at the scene of the accident, while four others were left with critical injuries and were rushed to the Gobabis State Hospital. A fifth person was, however, confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital.
All eight were occupants of the sedan vehicle. The driver of the truck, which was on en route to South Africa, was the sole occupant of the truck.
The Namibian Police Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel confirmed the accident, adding that two of those injured in the accident were transferred to Windhoek for intensive treatment.
It is not known at this stage what caused the accident, although police suspect that the sedan might have swerved in front of the truck.
Police on the scene battled for several minutes to control scores of people who crowded the accident scene, preventing the police from carrying out their duties.
The police arrested one person on the scene of the accident who attempted to take unauthorised pictures of the accident victims.
In another accident on Wednesday evening, a pick-up overturned along the Du Plessies Plaas-Epukiro road after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Two people died in that accident.
Earlier that evening, a young boy, estimated to be at least eight years old was knocked down by a sedan vehicle, killing him instantly near the Road Camp residential area in Gobabis.
The identities of the deceased and those injured in all accidents could not be confirmed by the time of filing this article.