Trucker recalls terrible crash

21 May 2019 | Accidents

Six people, including a five-year-old girl, died in an accident on the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja on Sunday afternoon.

According to the spokesperson of the Namibian police, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, the accident occurred about 70 km from Otjiwarongo on the Okahandja road at 13:49 on Sunday.

It is alleged that a Toyota Corolla collided head-on with a truck, killing all six occupants.

“There were five adult males and one minor travelling in the sedan vehicle,” Kanguatjivi said.

He said the Toyota was travelling from the direction of Otjiwarongo, while the truck was heading in the opposite direction.

The 37-year-old truck driver, who was alone, escaped the accident unhurt. “According to the driver of the truck, Lazarus Ndeuyepa, he was driving straight when he suddenly saw the Corolla in his lane with smoke coming out under it.”

Kanguatjivi said that according to Ndeuyepa, he tried to avoid the collision by moving to the left side of the road, but the Corolla crashed into his truck.

Four of the deceased have been identified as Johannes Natangwe, 56, Sakeus Natangwe Kapadhi, 20, Simon Senale Amadhila, 39 and the five-year-old Emvula Frieda Naango.

The other two males aged 55 and 56-years-old respectively have not yet been identified.

Police investigations into the cause of the accident continue.

ELLANIE SMIT