13 Aug 2014 14:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 13 AUG (NAMPA) Five people were injured after the pick-up they were travelling in collided head-on with a 65-seater bus at Otjiwarongo on Wednesday morning.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa that a case of reckless and/or negligent driving has been opened at the Otjiwarongo police station.
The top police officer explained that the 38-year-old driver of the pick-up allegedly lost control of the vehicle, and swerved into the oncoming bus which was transporting employees of the Okorusu Fluorspar Mine.
The accident occurred in Dr Libertina Amathila Street near the Otjiwarongo State Hospital at about 05h10, Khairabeb said.
Four people, including the driver, had occupied the front seat of the single-cab Toyota pick-up.
The front seats are only supposed to accommodate one passenger and a driver.
Another person had been sitting on the back of the pick-up, bringing the total number of occupants to five.
Khairabeb said it is suspected that the people had been consuming alcohol, as empty beer bottles were found in the vehicle.
The driver was admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, and later transferred to the Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek in a critical condition.
Another occupant of the pick-up, a 44-year-old man also sustained serious injuries.
He was admitted at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital before being taken to the Katutura State Hospital, also in a critical condition.
The remaining three were treated for minor injuries here.
The bus only had scratches on its front bumper, and none of the passengers were injured.
Police investigations continue.