Kalkfeld accident death toll rises to 14

Death toll in an accident that occurred at Kalkfeld involving a passenger bus on Friday afternoon has increased to 14 after the 34-year-old driver succumbed to his injuries on Saturday at a hospital in Windhoek where he was transferred from Otjiwarongo.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Sunday told Nampa in an interview that the deceased driver has been identified as Silas Kalola.

Mbeha said the other 13 people who died on the spot in the accident were also identified on Saturday as Eveline Katjeringo, 48, Siegfried Hausiku (age unknown), Justine Tjiuoro, 55, Menesia Kaninganazo (age unknown), and the 37-year-old Runaa Humbu Emgardt.

The six-month-old Vizamuje Kavari, Kakuhire Katjeringo, 13, Uripi Rukero, 29, Mehepa Hipundjua Rukero, seven-years-old, Kuvangu Willem, 10, Tuahanika Willem, four years, Tuauana Isaak, one-year-old and Mbeurora Lipange, 14, were also identified with others on Saturday afternoon at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital mortuary.

Mbeha said the accident claimed the lives of these 14 people - nine females and five males at approximately one kilometre north of Kalkfeld on Friday at about 17h35.

The police officer said the accident occurred after the driver (Kalola) had allegedly lost control over the bus after its left rear tyre burst and caused it to roll several times.

A total of 45 people, majority of whom were minor children were involved in the accident while on their church mission from Okamatapati in the Okakarara Constituency to the coastal towns.

Several other occupants who survived the accident with slight to serious injuries had received medical attention at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital before some, in a critical condition were transferred to a hospital in Windhoek.

The bus at the time of accident was traveling from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Kalkfeld.

Police investigations continue.