Transnamib’s Deceased Assistant Train Driver Identified

AN ASSISTANT train driver, who died when he jumped from a moving train to avoid being involved in an accident at Kalkfeld on Saturday evening, has been identified.

Otjozondjupa police regional head of operations, deputy commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa in an interview yesterday that the deceased has been identified as Immanuel Kandidus. He said the 42-year-old Kandidus lived with his family in the Orwetoveni residential area of Otjiwarongo.

Khairabeb told Nampa on Sunday that the TransNamib train was coming from Kranzberg near Usakos in the Erongo region en route to Otjiwarongo when it crashed into a stationary empty petrol tanker.

He said the fatal accident had occurred at approximately 19h30 on Saturday at Kalkfeld in the Otjozondjupa region.

Kalkfeld is situated approximately 70 kilometres south-west of Otjiwarongo.

Khairabeb explained that some five empty petrol tankers belonging to TransNamib had been parked on the railway line at Kalkfeld railway station for the past two days.

The empty petrol tankers were supposed to be removed from there by Monday this week.

He said a TransNamib train that carried container goods and fuel tanks was coming from the direction of Omaruru to Otjiwarongo at the time of the accident.

The senior police officer said it is suspected that the rail intersection point was removed by an unknown person, and this led to the train diverting to the railway line on which the five empty petrol tankers were parked.

Khairabeb said when Kandidus realised what was happening, he allegedly jumped out of the train and died instantly upon hitting the ground.

A 51-year-old driver, Richard Lambert, allegedly also jumped out of the train and sustained serious injuries.

He was taken to the Kalkfeld clinic and shortly thereafter transferred to Otjiwarongo Mediclinic, where he was reportedly in a stable condition on Monday afternoon.

Police investigations into the matter continue.


Source : The Namibian