Police appealing for help in identifying accident victims

OTJIWARONGO: The Otjozondjupa police are appealing to the general public to help with the identification of some of the deceased who were involved in the accident outside Okahandja on Tuesday night.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha said seven people died in the accident involving a bus and truck on the B1 road.

The accident occurred some 25 kilometres outside Okahandja on the way to Otjiwarongo, killing five of the 13 occupants in the bus and taking the lives of two people in the truck.

Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday of the seven deceased, four people have been identified by their family members so far.

She said the truck driver has been identified as Fabulous Nangaku, aged 40.

The driver of the bus has been identified as Petrus Robert Becker, 43, while two of the passengers have been identified as Hendrik van Wyk, 54, and Andalika Vilho, 59.

The three other accident victims are yet to be identified.

“I therefore appeal to the general public, if there is any person who has a family member who travelled on Tuesday and he or she did not reach their destination, please contact us or the Windhoek police mortuary,” said Mbeha.

All of the seven deceased are male.

The bus passengers who sustained injuries in the accident have been admitted to the Okahandja State Hospital.

Nampa reported earlier that NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigation Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb said the bus belonged to Springbok Atlas, while the truck belonged to Namibia Dairies.

It has since however come to light that the truck was rented and had just been transporting Namibia Dairies products.

Khairabeb said the bus was coming from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Okahandja, while the truck was headed in the direction of Otjiwarongo.

It has however not yet been established what the actual cause of the accident was.

Police investigations continue.