Baby dies when car was struck by train in Oshikoto

22 Sep 2015 19:10pm


A one-year-old baby died on the spot when a vehicle he was travelling in with his mother and five other people collided with an oncoming train in the Oshikoto Region on Tuesday.

Confirming the accident, Inspector Slogan Matheus of the Namibian Police Force said the collision happened on the railway tracks in the Onankali village.

"There were seven occupants in the vehicle, of which only a one-year-old baby boy died on the spot," he told Nampa in a telephonic interview.

The baby was identified as Johannes Sheekeni Shawapala. Reports have it that their Toyota VVTI pick-up was hit by an oncoming train while its driver attempted to cross the railway tracks.

The other occupants of the pick-up were rushed to the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital near Ondangwa, where they remained admitted in a serious condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

"In the train was the driver and his assistant; both escaped without injuries," Matheus explained, adding that the next of kin of the deceased child have already been informed about his death.

Police have opened a culpable homicide docket in connection with this incident.