Eight Die in Weekend Crashes

EIGHT people died, while 15 others were injured in different road accidents across the country between Friday and Saturday.

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), four people died on Friday. One was a pedestrian who was killed 50km from Rehoboth, and another died on the spot at Ondangwa. On the same day, a head-on collision about 80km from Mariental, along the Kalkrand road, claimed two more lives.

A roll-over that occurred between Walvis Bay and Long Beach on Saturday night killed another person, and injured two.

Police have identified the deceased as Lea Shikongo (28), a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), who was stationed at the Karibib Air Base.

Another accident involving three vehicles that occurred between Swakopmund and Henties Bay killed three people and left 10 others injured.

Three of the people had to be transferred to Katutura State Hospital because of the critical nature of their injuries.

Walvis Bay police detective Inspector Erastus Iikuyu identified the deceased as bus driver, Frankey Christian Namaseb (age unknown), his wife Susan Namases (34), and Sonia Seibes (34).

In a statement yesterday, the MVA said the increasing number of road crashes was worrisome because of the fact that there have been campaigns to educate people on road safety.

“During the month of August 2014 alone, 80 people lost their lives as a result of road crashes, indicating that regrettably, on average three lives were lost on a daily basis on our roads. The MVA Fund has, on various occasions, appealed and continues to sternly appeal to drivers to be cautious when driving during the night as visibility is compromised,” the statement said.

In an unrelated event, three men died at Onangwe cattle post in the Tsandi constituency, Omusati region on Friday while working in a well.

Police yesterday said the three were removing mud from the well when two of them collapsed and died, while the third man died at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital later.

The three were identified as Amunyela Augustus Heita (21), Josef Gerson (43), and Martin Endjala (43).

Police suspected that the men could have inhaled some harmful chemicals from the well.

Additional reporting by Nampa

Source : The Namibian