16 Die in Long Weekend Accidents

SIXTEEN people died in several road accidents between 30 April and 4 May, the Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA) and police announced.

Police Inspector Stephen Nuuyi said a 47-year-old minibus driver died along the Ongwediva and Ondangwa main road on Friday when he bumped into a trailer pulled by a Mazda bakkie.

Nuuyi identified the deceased as Erastus Shipulwa.

In another fatal incident on Thursday morning, about 15 kilometres from Omuthiya, a man sustained serious injuries when the Ford Ranger bakkie he was driving overturned.

Police said the 26-year-old Gustaf Nikanor Iyambo died on the way to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.

In Omaheke Region, a young man fell off a bakkie and died on the spot on Sunday night along the road near farm Okamukaru at Corridor 13 after he allegedly tried to prevent his bag containing wedding gifts from falling off.

The deceased has been identified as 36-year-old Upaheua Tjozongoro.

MVA corporate communications officer Ritha Nghiitwikwa said five separate crashes claimed 13 lives, while 19 other people sustained varying degrees of injuries between Wednesday and Thursday alone.

Nghiitwika said two people died on the Epukiro road in Omaheke Region on Wednesday when the vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident.

Four others travelling in the same vehicle sustained varying degrees of injuries.

“One person was seriously injured and has been transferred to the Roman Catholic Hospital for intensive treatment, while three others are receiving treatment at the Gobabis State Hospital,” she said.

She further said one more life was lost on the Oneshila road near Namib Dairies in Oshana Region in a crash on Wednesday evening.

According to Nghiitwika, four people died in a collision near Indangungu School in the Ondangwa area on Thursday midnight.

“The sole survivor is currently receiving treatment at Oshakati State Hospital,” said Nghiitwika.

A side swipe between a sedan and a truck along the Trans Kalahari Highway in the Gobabis area on Thursday morning killed five people, and injured three others.

The sedan was carrying nine passengers.

Two of the people who sustained serious injuries were transferred to Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek, while one person with had moderate injuries is admitted at the Gobabis State Hospital.

A bakkie carrying 13 people rolled over between Omuthiya and Ondjamba when its left rear tyre burst, killing one person and injuring two on Thursday.

“The injured were rushed to Omuthiya State hospital, and one was transferred to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital with a head injury. The crash occurred at 01h12 am.

“Given these latest incidences, the MVA Fund is gravely concerned about the escalating deaths on the road as well as the high number of people sustaining life-altering injuries,” she said.

Nghiitwika urged road users to be cautious on the roads to avoid any more unnecessary deaths.

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upgrade the roads, make double lane roads.. start now… – leiden | 2014-05-06 09:20:00 || Comment id: 35033

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