Ten die in accidents

All occupants of a 7-seater vehicle died instantly, including a father and his young son.

10 November 2020 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



At least ten people died on the country's roads this past weekend.

Seven people were killed on Sunday afternoon when the vehicles they were travelling in collided on the B1 road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.

The accident occurred when a Scania truck and a Toyota Wish seven-seater passenger vehicle collided about 65 km north of Otjiwarongo at 13:40.

It is alleged that the 33-year-old driver of the seven-seater had attempted to overtake another vehicle and collided head-on with the oncoming truck.

According to the police the seven-seater went underneath the truck and all seven occupants died instantly and had to be cut out of the vehicle.

Police confirmed that the 37-year-old truck driver Tobias Ashipala and his 46-year-old co-driver Erasmus Mumbindja escaped the accident unharmed.

The deceased - five men, a boy and a woman have been identified.

They are the driver Megameno Kauluma, the 37-year-old Festus Neshuku and his 5-year-old son, Petrus Neshuku, Ezimbi Tomas,27, Hileni Nditungapo Shipahu, 43, Uulofu Angondo, 31, and 45-year-old Stefanus Petrus Ausiku.



Dangerous overtaking

In another accident caused by dangerous overtaking, two men died on the B2 road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund on Saturday night.

It is alleged that Michael Shikongo Nambombola, driving a Toyota Corolla, overtook another vehicle and collided with an oncoming Toyota Legend.

The impact of the crash caused the Toyota Legend to overturn and it landed on its roof.

Its driver, 27-year-old Angelo Goliath, was thrown out of the Toyota Legend and landed on the windscreen of a Polo driving behind it.

Both drivers died at the scene of the accident.

“The next of kin of the deceased persons have been informed. The bodies were taken to Walvis Bay police mortuary for post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death. Investigations into the matter continue and a case of culpable homicide and reckless or negligent driving was opened,” said Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu of the Erongo police.



Pedestrian run over

In another accident, a 54-year-old man was run over by a Toyota Hilux bakkie at Kahenge on the main road between Nkurenkuru and Rundu on Saturday.

It is alleged that the pedestrian was walking in the road. He died instantly.

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