Over 600 people die in road accidents

21 Nov 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV(NAMPA) - Six hundred and seventeen (617) people died in road accidents between 01 January and 21 November this year, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA)'s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Kapena Tjombonde said in a media statement Monday afternoon.
According to Tjombonde, during the same period under review, a total of 3 601 crashes were recorded by the Fund in which 6 180 people sustained various body injuries.
He said the MVA's management wished to extend its deep-felt condolences to all bereaved families, relatives and friends of those who lost their loved ones in a horrific head-on collision that claimed five lives and in which the other five (5) people were severely injured over the weekend.
“The MVA Fund wishes the injured a speedy recovery and reassures them of the Fund's support during their journey to full recovery.”
To those who lost families in the accident, Tjombonde advised that they contact the nearest MVA Fund Service Centre for more information on how to make a claim.
The five people died in a car accident on Sunday afternoon at Otjerunda, some 25 kilometres north of Opuwo in the Kunene Region.
Namibian Police Force Regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa Sunday that the accident occurred after a sedan and a pick-up collided on the Opuwo-Omakange road.
Four women and a man were killed in the accident, while five others were critically injured, including the driver of the sedan.
Three of them died at the scene of the accident while two died while receiving treatment at the Opuwo State Hospital.
The injured were transported to the Oshakati State Hospital for treatment.
The names of the deceased people could not be released as their immediate families had not yet been informed.