Victims in collision outside Otavi identified

The three people who died instantly in the early hours of Saturday morning when a truck and an Iveco passenger bus they were travelling in collided outside Otavi, have been identified.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Sunday told Nampa in an interview that the deceased have been identified as Hofeni Uhanda, 36, (driver), Leena Tuwilika Kasino, 32, and the five-year-old Sylvia Mekulilo Stefanus.

Mbeha said close relatives of the deceased two females and the male driver have been informed of the deaths.

The police officer explained that the accident occurred at approximately 001 in the early hours of Saturday at about 27 kilometres south of Otavi on the B1 road.

It is alleged that both vehicles were following each other from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Otavi when the bus 36-year-old driver attempted to overtake the truck and realised that an oncoming vehicle was fast approaching.

The bus driver then allegedly pulled his bus behind the truck and as a result he bumped it from rear, killing him and his two passengers on the spot, Mbeha said

Several other occupants in the bus sustained minor to serious injuries and were taken to the Otavi Health Centre where they received medical treatment before they were transferred to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.

The 43-year-old truck driver escaped unhurt.

The bus was carrying 27 occupants including the driver from Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region to Outapi in the Omusati Region, while the truck was destined for Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region from Windhoek.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency