Seven die in crash

A collision between a bus and a pickup claimed seven lives near Otavi.

09 November 2018 | Accidents

Seven people, including two children, burnt to death in an accident near Otavi on Wednesday.

According to the Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, the accident happened at about 13:30 on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road.

The crash occurred 15km outside of Otavi when the driver of a Toyota Quantum allegedly overtook and collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota bakkie. The bus was travelling to Otavi and bakkie was travelling to Otjiwarongo.

According to Mbeha, the impact of the accident was so serious that the minibus caught fire. The fire spread to the Toyota bakkie.

Mbeha said the bus was carrying 17 people, including the driver, while the bakkie had only one occupant.

Seven people burned beyond recognition in the crash, including two children, Mbeha added.

Eleven people, including a two-year-old girl, survived with various injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo state hospital for treatment.

According to Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund statistics, the death toll on Namibia's roads for this year stood at 449 on 4 November, while 654 fatalities were recorded over the same period last year.

The number of injuries stood at 4 998, while 6 121 people were injured over the same period last year.

The number of crashes stood at 3 115, in comparison to 3 437 last year.



ELLANIE SMIT

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