16 Injured As Minibus Hits Dead Cow On Highway

SIXTEEN people were admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital on Tuesday evening after a minibus they were travelling in rode over a dead cow on the B1 main road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.

Upon hitting the dead cow, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered off the road and rolled once.

Police chief inspector Francis Makata at Otjiwarongo told Nampa yesterday the minibus was coming from Outapi in the Omusati region on its way to the capital.

“The accident occurred shortly after 19h30, about 10 kilometres from Otjiwarongo on the road to Otavi,” the police chief inspector confirmed.

He said four passengers were thrown out of the bus and sustained severe injuries.

The Otjiwarongo police station commander said 12 other people, including the 34-year-old driver, were only treated for shock and minor injuries.

The minibus still had its trailer attached after it rolled once before coming to a standstill facing the direction of Otavi where it had just driven from, Makata added.

He said by yesterday morning, all the 16 people who were in the bus, were still under medical observation at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital. They are all said to be in a stable condition.

Makata urged farmers in the Otjozondjupa region to look after their livestock and prevent them from straying onto public roads and national highways. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian