Thirteen killed in accidents over long weekend

08 May 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – Thirteen people perished and 129 were injured in 57 road crashes between 01 and 05 May 2014.
The period included Workers Day, which fell on 01 May, Cassinga Day on 04 May and the subsequent public holiday on Monday.
The Motor-Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) said in a media statement on Wednesday nine of the deceased people were passengers, two were drivers, while the status of the other two are still unknown.
It said nine people died on the spot, while three succumbed to their injuries in hospitals and one died on the way to hospital.
The highest number of crashes was reported in the Khomas Region with 21 crashes, followed by the Erongo Region with six crashes and five in the Oshana Region.
The MVA’s Manager for Corporate Communications Catherine Shipushu was quoted in the statement as saying the number of fatalities increased compared to eight fatalities recorded over the same period in 2013, which also saw 71 crashes and 146 injuries that year.
“Although there is a notable decline in crashes and injuries, more people continue to die in these crashes. This time on average four persons were killed in one crash, a regrettable reality which calls for more stringent measures and increased road safety interventions,” she said.
Shipushu highlighted overloading and night driving as contributing factors to mass fatalities, and urged vehicle owners to refrain from this risky practice.