Collision outside Otavi claims three lives

Three people died instantly in the early hours of Saturday morning in a collision involving a truck and an Iveco passenger bus outside Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa at the scene said the truck and the Iveco bus were allegedly following each other from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Otavi at the time of accident.

She said at approximately 001 in the early hours of Saturday morning at about 27 kilometres south of Otavi on the B1 road, it is alleged the bus driver attempted to overtake the truck he was following, but then realised that an oncoming vehicle was fast approaching.

The bus driver then allegedly pulled his bus behind the truck he attempted to overtake, and consequently bumped it from rear, Mbeha said.

The 43-year-old bus driver and his two passengers (a girl and an adult woman) died on the spot, while several other occupants in the bus sustained slight to serious injuries.

A total of 27 occupants including the driver were in the bus, and the injured people were taken to the Otavi Health Centre where they received medical treatment.

The truck driver escaped unhurt.

Mbeha said that the bus was travelling from Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region to Outapi in the Omusati Region, while the truck headed Tsumeb from Windhoek.

Police investigations in the matter continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency