Two-year-old girl injured in Otjiwarongo accident, dies

08 Nov 2018 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) – A two-year-old girl who survived an accident some 15 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo on Wednesday, has succumbed to her injuries.
The girl was being transported to a Windhoek hospital when she died from burn wounds sustained during the accident, bringing the total number of deaths to eight.
She was one of five people who were being transferred to Windhoek, while six others are being treated in Otjiwarongo.
The Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) spokesperson for the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed her death Thursday morning.
The accident occurred after a minibus, with 17 people on board, collided head-on with an oncoming pick-up truck after attempting to overtake another car.
“The impact was so severe that the minibus caught fire and the fire spread to the pick-up,” she said.
Ten people survived the accident.
According to Mbeha, seven of the deceased - five adults and two children - were burnt beyond recognition.
The minibus was driving north, while the pick-up – which had only one occupant – was driving in the opposite direction.
The police have called on members of the public who had people traveling in that direction to come forward and assist with forensic examinations for possible identification of the deceased persons.
Mbeha also used the opportunity to reiterate the need for drivers to abide by road traffic rules in order to avoid the loss of lives.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened and NamPol’s investigation into the matter continues.