22 road deaths in a week

30 August 2019 | Accidents

The deaths of six more people in an accident on Wednesday raised the death toll on Namibia's roads to 22 within a week.

The latest accident occurred on the B2 road about 50 km from Usakos on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the police the driver of a green Toyota Passo sedan, travelling from Usakos to Aranos, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a truck. The truck belonging to Snyman Transport was travelling from Arandis. The sedan was carrying six passengers - four women and two children. The driver was the only man in the car. Six occupants, including the driver and both children, died at the scene of the crash. The only survivor from the sedan was identified as Rosalia Mwedihanga, who was admitted to the Swakopmund state hospital with serious injuries. The truck driver was travelling alone and did not sustain serious injury.

Over the Heroes' Day long weekend at least 16 people were killed in accidents, including two toddlers and two teenagers who died in a bus crash near Mariental on Saturday.

Last Thursday two people were killed when a bakkie carrying seven people overturned about 20 km from Bethanie. In another accident on Thursday, two women died when a VW Combi overturned about 7 km from Otavi. Also on Thursday, a woman was killed and four others were injured when a car overturned about 120 km from Keetmanshoop. In yet another accident on Thursday, a pedestrian and her baby were hit by a car while crossing the road at Kahenge. The woman, who was carrying her baby on her back, died at the scene.





Her eight-month-old baby died at Nankudu Hospital. Another woman died after being hit by a car on the main road between Ondangwa and Ongwediva on Saturday. A bakkie that overturned near Swakopmund on Saturday claimed the lives of two passengers.

Also on Saturday, tragedy struck when a tour bus carrying 65 pupils of a Windhoek private school left the road and overturned between Kalkrand and Mariental. Two children were killed and many others injured. At Eenhana, a passenger was killed when a car left the road and crashed into a tree on Saturday. On Sunday a three-year-old child was run over by a trailer at a house north of Oshivelo.

ELLANIE SMIT

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