Road Accident Claims Four Lives

Four people died in a motor vehicle accident that occurred near midnight on Tuesday on the road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo. An Iveco minibus and a pickup truck travelling in opposite directions collided about five kilometres from Okahandja at 23:23.

Two women, one man and a baby died at the scene of the crash, while 23 others sustained slight to moderate injuries and were transported to the Okahandja State Hospital for further injury management, said Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku.

“Eight patients were transferred to Windhoek this morning and are currently receiving treatment at the Katututa Intermediate Hospital,” Martins-Hausiku said. Details regarding the cause of the crash are not yet clear and police investigations continue.

It is believed that the Iveco minibus experienced a technical failure, most likely brake failure as the driver attempted to turn towards Okahandja. In the process it collided head-side with the pickup truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The accident brings the total crashes so far this year to 916, in which 1 663 people sustained various injuries while the number of deaths now stands at 188 people.

“This month alone we have already lost 21 lives. This is of great concern to the Fund as the country continues losing lives due to road crashes most of which could have been prevented,” Martins-Hausiku said.

She added that with the Easter weekend starting tomorrow, traffic volumes were equally expected to increase as people travel to various destinations.

“It is in these times of traffic congestion that road users sometimes make choices that may negatively impact the lives of others,” Martins-Hausiku said, urging road users to drive carefully in order to save lives.

“To all of those who use public transport, please consider travelling during the day,” she said.

Source : New Era