More than 100 involved in 44 accidents since Friday

27 Oct 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 OCT (NAMPA) – More than 100 people were involved in accidents on Namibian roads over the past weekend.
A media statement issued by Mona-Liza Garises, the head of corporate communications at the Motor- Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) service centre on Sunday said 115 persons were involved in 44 accidents between Friday and Sunday at 17h00.
Eighty-three of these people sustained slight to serious injuries, while two people from the Khomas Region and one from the Oshikoto Region lost their lives.
On Friday, six pedestrians sustained injuries in hit-and-run accidents, while a further five were injured in accidents on Saturday.
On Saturday at 07h00, a bus transporting 23 workers of a construction company and a Hyundai pick-up collided at the corner of Otjomuise Road and Independence Avenue in Windhoek.
Seven ambulances were dispatched to attend to and transport the injured persons to hospital for further medical treatment. A female passenger in the bus died on the scene.
Other types of accidents which occurred in the Khomas, Erongo, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto, Oshana, Kavango, Caprivi, Hardap and //Karas Regions included roll-overs; head-rear, head-side, head-on and chain collisions as well as side-swipes.
The media statement said most of the crashes occurred at night and in the early of hours of the morning, a cause for concern as night-time driving presents its own challenges with regards to visibility. Coupled with speeding, road users are at great risk of either causing accidents, sustaining injuries or losing their life.
In spite of efforts by various role-players in the road safety fraternity to stabilise the incidences of road crashes and their resultant injuries and fatalities, crashes are on an alarming rise.
The MVA thus called upon road users to avoid driving at night, to keep to the regulated speed limits, to exercise patience and to ensure that they are visible when crossing the road.