Two die in separate road accidents in Otjozondjupa

21 Dec 2014 15:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 21 DEC (NAMPA) – A man and a woman died in separate motor vehicle accidents in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said 53-year-old Margaret Janet Bock died on Saturday morning after a small Chevrolet pick-up she was travelling in collided head-on with a 27-seater bus on the B1 road.
The accident occurred shortly after 24h00 on Saturday morning at approximately 87 kilometres from Otjiwarongo to Okahandja.
Meanwhile, Benfried Striker Humbu, 43, died on the Okondjatu road near the Okaparakaha village on Friday at 16h30 after a Volkswagen Jetta he was travelling in had a rear-tyre burst and the driver lost control over it.
The vehicle rolled three times, killing Humbu on the spot.
Humbu’s wife, Elka who was allegedly driving the vehicle at the time of accident, sustained slight injuries and was treated at the Okakarara State Hospital.
Both deceased’s next of kin are informed, Mbeha said.
In a separate incident, the police spokesperson said six vehicles were involved in a chain collision between Otjiwarongo and Otavi on Friday evening.
No fatalities were recorded.
Traffic was halted on that road for approximately five hours.
The accident involved a Scania truck which was transporting alcohol to the northern parts of the country; two 67-seater buses, a pick-up vehicle with a trailer full of cattle, and two sedans.
The police officer said four people sustained slight injuries in the accident and were treated at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.
She said the police’s preliminary investigations indicate that an Emangweni passenger bus had a breakdown in the middle of the road, and five other vehicles which were following each other closely, subsequently bumped into each other.
Hundreds of people then stopped their vehicles to collect bottles of alcohol which were scattered all over the road, contributing to the blockage on the road.
On Saturday morning, at approximately 60 kilometres from Otjiwarongo to Otavi, a Volvo truck was bumped from behind by a Corolla sedan, more or less on the same spot where the six vehicles were involved in a chain collision the previous evening.
One passenger in the Corolla sustained slight injuries on the arm.
Mbeha thus urged motorists to be vigilant; drive 120-kilometre per hour; and also maintain a reasonable distance between their vehicles in order to avoid these types of road crashes during the festive seasons.