Woman, son perish in accident on Otavi-Otjiwarongo road

10 May 2017 10:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 10 MAY (NAMPA) - A 37-year-old woman and her 14-month-old baby boy died instantly Tuesday when their vehicle crashed into a stationary truck on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday the deceased are yet to be identified.
The accident occurred at around 16h40, approximately 35 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo.
The police officer said the accident happened just an hour after the 26-year-old driver of the pick-up got a traffic fine of N.dollars 1 500 for failing to stop at a four-way stop in Dr Hage Geingob Avenue in Otjiwarongo.
The vehicle was headed towards Otavi.
Mbeha explained that the pick-up crashed into the back of the truck on a section of the B1 tarred road which is being resealed.
She said several clear warning signs to warn motorists about the construction activities on the site could still be seen along the road at the time of the accident.
“We suspect speeding,” she said.
The driver of the pick-up attempted to brake as evidenced by marks on the road, but failed to control the vehicle and drove into the back of the Scania truck.
The driver sustained slight injuries and was taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital shortly after the accident. The 42-year-old truck driver escaped unhurt.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened against the driver of the pick-up.
Police investigations continue.