Five people burn beyond recognition in head-on colission

24 Dec 2013 13:50pm
OUTAPI, 24 DEC (NAMPA) - Police in the Omusati Region have called for public assistance in identifying and tracing relatives of five people who burnt beyond recognition in a road accident on the Outapi-Ruacana main road on Monday.
Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Public Relations Unit in the region made the appeal here on Tuesday.
The accident took place near Omuulukila village of the Omusati Region’s Outapi Constituency at about 20h45 Monday evening.
Shikongo said the accident occurred after an Isuzu D/Cab pick-up truck and sedan collided head-on. Both vehicles burst into flames immediately, and the sedan burnt to such an extent that it has been very difficult for the Police to identify the car and occupants properly.
“Five people burnt to death in the collision, while three were transferred from the Outapi District Hospital to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital where they are receiving medical treatment for the severe burn injuries they sustained,” Shikongo told Nampa.
He identified the injured persons as Paulus Shimonga (55), Sem David (adult) and 16-year-old Ester Shipena from Omindaba village near Ruacana.
According to Shikongo, Shimonga is from Ongwediva in the Oshana Region, while David is from Omahila village of the Omusati Region’s Anamulenge Constituency.
The trio is said to be in a stable but serious condition. The cause of the accident remains unknown and Police investigations into the matter continue.