Truck drivers die in accident on Windhoek-Rehoboth road

24 Aug 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 AUG (NAMPA) – Two truck drivers from South Africa and Namibia respectively died last Wednesday after they were involved in a head-on collision on the Windhoek-Rehoboth road.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi in a media statement issued here on Sunday said the smaller, Namibian truck had been driving towards Rehoboth, while the South African truck was driving in the opposite direction.
The two trucks collided head-on about 20 kilometres outside Windhoek.
Both drivers died at the scene and a passenger in the small truck initially survived the crash, but later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The deceased have been identified as 47-year-old South African citizen Hendrick Jacobus Hertzog; Benjamin Immanuel, 43, from Namibia and the passenger, Moses Hashane, 33.
The South African truck had been transporting a consignment of question papers for five different Grade 10 subjects. Arrangements were made with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the consignment was transferred to another truck.
Meanwhile in Windhoek, a man died when the minibus he was driving overturned on Matsitsi Road between Otjomuise and the Goreangab dam Saturday night.
Kanguatjivi said a certain Mario Montero parked his pick-up outside a house in Rocky Crest’s Liberty Island Street on Saturday night at about 22h23 when a Toyota Quantum minibus stopped next to his vehicle. A man in the minibus smashed the window of his pick-up’s canopy and grabbed a bag containing women’s clothing before speeding off.
Montero pursued the minibus, which overturned in Matsitsi Road. The driver was thrown out of the vehicle and died on the spot, while his accomplice managed to escape.
The deceased has been identified as the 31-year-old Naftalie Nuuango. The bag of clothing was recovered from the minibus.
Three taxis were involved in a collision at the corner of Independence Avenue and Hans Dietrich Genscher Road at around 02h00 on Friday morning.
A silver Nissan had been driving from east to west in Independence Avenue, in it a driver and two passengers; while a white Toyota Corolla which had been driving from south to west was waiting at a red traffic light.
Another Toyota which had been driving from north to south then allegedly failed to stop at a red light and collided with the silver taxi, which became airborne and ended up hitting the white taxi that was still stationary at the traffic light.
The driver of the Toyota sedan that failed to stop died instantly, and his passenger was seriously injured and rushed to Katutura State Hospital.
The identity of both the driver and the passenger is being investigated.
In the Kunene Region, four people were injured and one person died when the driver of a pick-up with Gobabis registration lost control of the vehicle after its right front tyre burst on Friday.
The accident occurred at around 21h30 on the Kamanjab/Palmwag gravel road.
The driver was the 60-year-old Cornelius Uapingene, and the passengers included John Katjaita, 53; and Selma Kaputara, 50; who were slightly injured, while the 33-year-old Erna Kaveterua was seriously injured.
The deceased has been identified as Ebenezer Uapingene, 47.
A 54-year-old NamPol constable died instantly on the Ondangwa-Oshikango main road when he was hit by a truck on Wednesday.
Hosea Jonas Haiduwa died instantly after he was hit by a truck with Windhoek registration while attempting to cross the road near Ongha village at around 19h30.
In the Erongo Region, a couple sustained head injuries after their vehicle overturned 20 kilometres from Torra Bay on Wednesday.
Draper Hedde, 42; from the Netherlands and his wife Claudia Olazabal, 41; from Peru were coming from Swakopmund and about 20 kilometres from Torra Bay, the driver lost control of the vehicle.
Both sustained head injuries and were taken to Khorixas State Hospital. Their condition was described as stable.
(NAMPA)
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