Five people perish in collision on Otjiwarongo-Okahandja road

04 Apr 2015 14:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 04 APR (NAMPA) – Five people died instantly in a head-on collision on the Otjiwarongo-Okahandja road on Friday evening.
The accident occurred approximately 88 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo.
“Two vehicles – a 16-seat white Toyota Quantum minibus and a silver Ford Ranger double-cab vehicle - collided killing five people on the spot, and left two more seriously injured,” said Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, the spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region.
She told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that five occupants – one woman and four men - were in the Toyota, and two men in the Ford.
The Toyota was driving in the direction of Okahandja, while the Ranger headed in the opposite direction.
It is alleged that the 33-year-old driver of the Toyota bumped a calf on the road, and lost control over his vehicle. It swerved into the right lane and collided with the Ford.
The Toyota then left the road and landed on its side. A woman and three men, including the driver of that minibus, died on the spot.
They were aged 33, 25, 23, and 33.
A 29-year-old man who was a passenger in the mini-bus, sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital. He was later transferred to the Katutura State Hospital in a critical condition.
Mbeha said a 39-year-old man in the Ford also died on the spot due to the impact, while its driver, a 49-year-old senior employee of the City Police, sustained serious bodily injuries.
He is reportedly in a serious but stable condition in a hospital in the capital.
Police investigations continue.