Four Die in Minibus Accident On Omaruru Road

Two children had their lives cut short after a minibus they were travelling in overturned near Omaruru in the Erongo Region on Wednesday.

Two-year-old Toini Festus from Walvis Bay and six-year-old Penelao Shihepo from Onankali village in the Oshikoto Region died in the Katutura State Hospital that same day after they were rushed to Windhoek from the accident scene.

The accident occurred some 40 kilometers outside Omaruru on the road to Otjiwarongo.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Crime Investigations Coordinator at Walvis Bay, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed the details of the accident to Nampa on Saturday.

She said the minibus, which was pulling a trailer and travelling towards Omaruru, allegedly attempted to overtake a Nissan Sentra sedan on the way, but cut back short and hit the sedan with the trailer.

As a result of that impact, the minibus driver lost control of his vehicle which subsequently left the road and overturned.

Two more people, Onesmus Pamwe, 45, and Carlos Titus, 27, who were in the minibus also died.

Kashuupulwa said Pamwe, a resident of Henties Bay, died on the spot while Ongwediva resident Titus died on the way to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.

None of the occupants in the sedan were injured.

“The sedan is not roadworthy and the driver had no driving license. He is fined for both offences. On top of that, we will also charge both drivers with culpable homicide as well as reckless and negligent driving,” said Kashuupulwa.


Source : The Namibian