Thirteen people injured in bus-truck collision outside Okahandja

Thirteen people aged between three and 57 sustained serious to slight injuries on Friday night after a 65-seater passenger bus they were travelling in side collided with a truck outside Okahandja.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Saturday told Nampa that the collision occurred on the road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo at about 200 Friday night.

Mbeha said the bus with 59 occupants including its driver was coming from Windhoek to Oshakati, while a truck headed towards the direction of Okahandja at the time of accident.

It is alleged the truck had moved into the wrong lane while the bus was near, and this forced the bus driver to swerve off the road to avoid a head on collision. However, the truck further bumped it on the right side injuring 13 people in the bus, Mbeha said.

Out of the 13 people, three had sustained serious injuries.

However, all the 13 injured people were taken to the Okahandja State Hospital where they received medical attention.

The 36-year-old male truck driver was arrested shortly after the accident for allegedly operating the truck while under the influence of alcohol and for reckless and/or negligent driving.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency