Spanish tourist dies in accident on Tsumkwe road

12 Aug 2017 17:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 AUG (NAMPA) – A 31-year-old tourist from Spain died instantly after a bus she was travelling in allegedly drove into a moving pick-up on the Tsumkwe gravel road on Saturday.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Saturday told Nampa the deceased woman has not been identified and her name may not be disclosed, as her next of kin have not yet been informed.
Mbeha said the two vehicles, both transporting tourists, were following each other from the direction of Grootfontein to Tsumkwe.
The accident occurred approximately 90 kilometres east of Grootfontein at about 11h40.
“The bus allegedly drove into a moving double cab which had four tourists from France,” Mbeha said, adding the bus had 26 occupants, including the deceased woman.
She said the bus rolled several times after it allegedly drove into the side of the pickup.
Mbeha said the bus had 23 tourists from Spain, two Zimbabweans and a 44-year-old driver from South Africa.
The 25 remaining tourists in the bus survived the accident with slight to serious injuries.
The French tourists in the pickup – two men and two women – also survived with slight injuries.
The injured from both vehicles were taken to the Grootfontein State Hospital and some are expected to be flown to Windhoek for further medical attention.
Police investigations continue.