Two men sustain injuries in car accident on Otjiwarongo-Kalkfeld

OTJIWARONGO: Two men from Otjiwarongo sustained light injuries after a Mazda Etude sedan they were travelling in veered off the road and caught fire on the Otjiwarongo-Kalkfeld road shortly before 20h00 on Wednesday evening.

The sedan’s 29-year-old driver, Simon Shihepo told Nampa in an interview at the scene that he and his sibling, Jeremiah Shaduka, 31, were coming from the Yakandongo Lodge situated between Kalkfeld and Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

He said that approximately 15 kilometres before Otjiwarongo, he heard a loud sound coming from under the vehicle.

Shihepo said his vehicle then unexpectedly veered off the road, and crashed into a culvert situated on the left side of the road.

He suspects the impact on the culvert caused the vehicle to catch fire before rolling several times.

“I suspect the vehicle’s rear left arm-control had broken down, because after I heard that sound the vehicle suddenly veered off the road and crashed into a nearby culvert before catching fire. The vehicle had started burning and rolling while we were still inside,” said Shihepo.

They had managed to exit the burning vehicle after it came to a halt at approximately 50 metres from the road.

When Nampa arrived at the scene, the sedan had completely burned out. Shaduka sustained back and left leg injuries, while Shihepo fractured his left arm. They were both taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital that same evening.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Thursday confirmed the road accident, adding that a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened at the Otjiwarongo Police Station.

“Their condition at the hospital is described as stable,” said the police officer.

Police investigations continue.