Another Fatal Crash in the North

ONE person died and two others were seriously injured when two trucks collided head-on at Omutsegwombahe village near Omutsegwonime in Oshikoto Region, about 40 kilometres west of Oshivelo on the Ondangwa-Oshivelo road on Monday morning.

According to the Oshikoto police crime coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiuo, one of the two trucks (belonging to Destiny Trading Company), carrying school books to Edumeds Centre at Ongwediva in Oshana Region, was coming from Windhoek and the other truck, coming from Angola was heading towards Oshivelo when they collided at about 04h00.

The driver of the Destiny Trading truck, who has been identified as Ronaldo Van Wyk (55), died on the spot while his assistant Brentel Stoffel (27), also from Windhoek, sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital. Deputy Commissioner Katjiuo said his condition is serious but stable.

The Angolan truck driver Antonio Manuel Geraldo (45), who was alone in the truck, also sustained severe injuries and was also taken to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital. His condition was described as stable.

Katjiuo said although the police are investigating the cause of the accident, it appears the Angolan driver encroached onto the opposite lane resulting in the collision. He said this might have been caused by the fact that in Namibia motorists drive on the left side of the road, while in Angola they drive on the right side. The manager of Edumeds Centre at Ongwediva, Petrus Amakali, confirmed that the Destiny truck was carrying text books from Windhoek to Ongwediva for distribution to schools in Ohangwena Region.

“Luckily it was also not raining, otherwise the books could have been spoiled. Many of the books can still be used. We are now busy sorting them out, and hope to finish soon,” Amakali said.

Although Ohangwena Regional director of education Sanet Steenkamp had not heard about the accident when called, said the accident was a setback.

She said they ordered the text books worth N$16 million a long time ago. “The accident just added to this big problem, especially considering that we are already in March and wanted to distribute the books,” Steenkamp said.

Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-Namibia) senior manager for public outreach Ralph Hoefelein said they are buying books for schools and was deeply saddened by the news that a truck driver from the Windhoek-based company Destiny Trading lost his life in the accident while delivering text books to schools in Ohangwena Region.

Hoefelein further said since 2010 MCA-Namibia, which is implementing development activities in Namibia’s education, agriculture and tourism sectors financed by the United States government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) worth U$$304,5million (N$3 billion) with the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth, has procured 1,7 million textbooks to the value of N$120 million for Grade 5-12 pupils in all regions of Namibia.

“Forty-six percent of this amount (U$$141,4 million) is budgeted for the Namibian Education Sector,” Hoefelein said.

Source : The Namibian