Two women die in accident outside Otjiwarongo

04 Nov 2014 13:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – Two women died instantly on Tuesday morning after the minibus they were travelling in collided with a truck on the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday that the deceased have been identified as Calista Kapnaar, 30, and 20-year-old Engelhardine Harases.
Their next of kin have been informed.
Mbeha said the minibus was coming from Otjiwarongo and had been heading to the Okonjima Game Reserve, situated some 60 kilometres outside Otjiwarongo on the road to Okahandja.
“Approximately 20 kilometres outside Otjiwarongo, the minibus was involved in a side-collision with a truck which carried containers of goods,” she explained.
There were 11 occupants aged between two and 48 years in the minibus, including the driver.
The majority of the minibus’ occupants were thrown out of the vehicle, and the two women died on the spot.
The accident was reported to the Otjiwarongo police station at 05h00, shortly after it occurred.
Mbeha said it is alleged that the 34-year-old truck driver had left his lane, and swerved into the right lane.
The truck and minibus then collided, forcing the 48-year-old driver of the minibus to lose control of the vehicle.
It overturned several times.
The truck belongs to Snyman Transport.
The police officer said the truck driver escaped the accident unhurt, while nine occupants of the minibus, including the driver, were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, where they were treated for slight to serious injuries.
Police investigations into the matter continue.