Crash near Henties kills govt official

28 July 2021 | Accidents

Staff Reporter



Henties Bay

A 49-year-old man died in an accident on the C-34 road yesterday.

According to the Namibian police’s Erongo commander of community affairs, Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the accident took place on the outskirts of Henties Bay.

A car collided with a truck that was attempting to make a U-turn, ending under its trailer.

“It is alleged that a 23-year-old Zimbabwean national, the driver of a Freightliner truck with trailer, took a wrong route from Walvis Bay en-route to Zimbabwe.”

While he was driving outside Henties Bay, he received a call that he had taken the wrong road and that he must turn back to Swakopmund.

“He allegedly tried to turn and in the process, saw a car coming from Swakopmund's direction. Unfortunately, he could not avoid the accident.”

The driver of a white double-cab bakkie, which belongs to the sport ministry in Windhoek, crashed into the trailer.

Reckless

“The vehicle collided and slid underneath the trailer. The driver of the vehicle, Festus Jason Amukuaya (49), was declared dead at the scene. His next of kin were informed,” Shapumba said.

The truck driver was unharmed.

He was arrested, formally charged in connection with a case of culpable homicide as well as reckless and/or negligent driving and will make his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court today.

The deceased's body was taken to the Swakopmund state mortuary for further handling.

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