Seven people die in accidents on B1 road over the weekend

OTJIWARONGO, Seven people perished in separate road accidents on the B1 road between Okahandja and Tsumeb over the weekend.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha said three women died instantly on Sunday afternoon after a sedan vehicle side-swiped a truck, then left the road and rolled several times.

The accident took place some 50 kilometres (km) south of Otavi, on the road to Otjiwarongo.

The truck was transporting door frames, and was coming from the direction of Otjiwarongo, while the sedan vehicle was driving from Otavi.

“It is alleged that the blue Kia sedan swerved out of its lane and drove into the truck’s right front side,” Mbeha explained, adding that the 25-year-old female driver, who died in the accident, lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times.

A 24-year-old female occupant of that Kia vehicle also died on the spot.

Mbeha said a Volkswagen Citi Golf which was following closely behind the Kia, also crashed into the car (Kia).

The 35-year-old female driver of the Citi Golf died on the spot, bringing the total number of deceased to three.

Their names could not be released as their next-of-kin were yet to be informed of their deaths. Police investigations into the accident continue.

Meanwhile, Mbeha said while the police were busy attending to this accident, another horrific head-on collision was reported on that same B1 road, some six kilometres outside Otavi on the way to Tsumeb.

In that accident, a 24-year-old man and a three-year-old boy died on the spot while the child’s mother (age unknown) died later in the Tsumeb State Hospital.

The police said the head-on collision involved a Toyota pick-up and a Volkswagen Golf.

The nine people in the pick-up truck, including the driver, only sustained slight-to-serious injuries. All three deceased persons in that head-on collision were travelling in the Citi Golf.

It is suspected that the driver of the pick-up overtook another vehicle on a blind spot.

On Saturday morning, 28-year-old Gerson Mangundu died after a Ford Figo sedan which he was driving overturned on the B1 road, some 41 kilometres outside Okahandja on the way to Otjiwarongo.

It was reported that Mangundu swerved to avoid hitting a kudu crossing the road. He lost control of his vehicle, causing it to overturn.

Two passengers who were with him in the vehicle sustained slight to serious injuries.

Police investigations continue