South African couple die in car accident on B1 road

29 Nov 2015 13:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 28 NOV (NAMPA) – A South African couple died instantly after the minibus they were travelling in experienced a tyre burst and rolled several times on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road on Saturday.
The accident occurred at approximately 15h15, some 41 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Sunday the two - a 61-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman - were on their way to Tsumeb from Okahandja.
Their names cannot be released as their relatives are yet to be informed.
Mbeha said the couple had allegedly hitch-hiked, and according to their South African passports, entered Namibia from South Africa on 15 November 2015 through the Ariamsvlei Border Post in the //Karas Region.
“It is suspected the bus had a right-rear tyre burst and the driver lost control over it. The minibus then rolled several times before coming to a halt some 9.8 metres left of the road,” she said.
There were 12 people in the minibus, including the driver.
Six other occupants sustained light to serious injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, while four critically-injured passengers were transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the capital.
Police investigations into the matter continue.