Three children and a man died after vehicle they were travelling in overturned

OTJIWARONGO: Three children and adult man died yesterday after the Mercedes Benz vehicle they were travelling in overturned on the B1 road outside Otjiwarongo.

The accident occurred approximately 36 kilometres from Otjiwarongo towards Otavi at about 17h20.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa today that the driver might have lost control over the vehicle after it had a right-rear tyre burst.

She said they suspect the vehicle was speeding, as it left the road, rolled several times and came to a halt approximately 900 metres away from the spot where it left the road.

The three minor children have been identified as Emily Amakali, 05; Megameno Amakali, 12; and nine-year-old Esther Ndilimeke.

They died on the spot.

The driver, Heiki Amakali, 31, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital on the same day.

Other passengers – Tyron Ulamba, 26, and Selma Nipuma, 12 – sustained injuries and were admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital in a stable condition.