20 Narrowly Escape Death

TWENTY people narrowly escaped death after the Iveco minibus they were travelling in, rammed into a stationary Mazda sedan, 20km from Otjiwarongo on the Okahandja road on Monday night.

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia’s chief of corporate affairs manager Kapena Tjombonde, the cause of a head-rear crash at about 20h00, was the sedan which was parked on the road without a red reflective triangle warning other road users of its presence. Its lights were allegedly off as well.

Tjombonde said 15 people were injured in the crash, with the injuries sustained ranging from moderate to serious.

“Among the injured were minors aged between one and four years with a one-year-old toddler reportedly sustaining head injuries,” she said.

Tjombonde said all the injured persons were transported to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for treatment and are said to be in stable condition. Most of them have already been discharged.

She cautioned motorists to plan their journeys and avoid driving if intoxicated, maintain reasonable following distances, and use daytime running lights to make it easier for other drivers to see them.

“It is also of utmost importance to carefully check for vehicles at blind spots, especially when merging, changing lanes or before moving off at an intersection,” Tjombonde aised.

According to statistics from MVA this brings the number of crashes to 1935 from January to July, resulting in 385 fatalities and injuries to 3 434 people.

Source : The Namibian