Pick-up crashes into train at Otavi

17 Sep 2013 05:20
OTJIWARONGO, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – Six people sustained injuries after the pick-up they were travelling in crashed into a train at Otavi on Monday afternoon.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday that the vehicle allegedly failed to stop at the railway crossing at Otavi to allow the train to pass.
“The accident occurred between the Otavi township and the central business district (CBD) on Monday at about 17h35,” she said.
Mbeha explained that the train was passing through Otavi from the direction of Otjiwarongo when the vehicle with an Outjo registration number failed to stop at a stop sign, and crashed into the train.
It is still not known whether the pick-up’s failure to stop was due to a mechanical fault, or whether the driver is to blame.
The vehicle was wrecked, while no damage was done to the train.
“The train only stopped because of the accident, but it later proceeded to Tsumeb,” Mbeha added.
The 34-year-old driver of the vehicle only sustained slight injuries, and received medical attention at the Otavi State Clinic.
The five other occupants of the vehicle were rushed to the Otavi State Clinic, and later transferred to the Tsumeb State Hospital in critical condition. They were on Tuesday still in the Tsumeb State Hospital, but now in a stable condition, Mbeha said.
Police investigations into the matter continue.