Three people perish in collision outside Otjiwarongo

03 Sep 2016 10:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 03 SEP (NAMPA) - Three people died instantly in the early hours of Saturday morning after a passenger bus and a mini delivery truck collided head-on outside Otjiwarongo.
Both vehicles burst into flames.
The accident occurred five kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The three deceased persons are yet to be identified as two of them in the Iveco passenger bus have burned beyond recognition.
Twelve other people, including drivers of both vehicles, sustained slight to serious injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital shortly after the accident.
A 37-year-old man was transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in a critical condition the same Saturday morning.
People involved in the accident are aged between four and 53 years.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said the accident occurred at approximately 00H30 on Saturday morning.
Mbeha said the mini delivery truck belongs to FP du Toit Transport.
She said the truck was driving from the direction of Otjiwarongo towards Okahandja, while the Iveco bus headed the opposite direction.
Mbeha said the mini truck had two occupants - a 34-year-old driver and his 35-year-old male passenger who died on the spot.
Mbeha explained that the bus had 13 occupants including its 41-year-old driver.
It is alleged one of these two vehicles overtook on a solid line mark on the road which prohibits drivers to overtake.
She said a culpable homicide case has been opened at the Otjiwarongo Police Station.
Police investigations in the matter continue.