Truck collides with bus, driver probed for drinking

22 July 2019 | Accidents

An allegedly drunk driver of a medium-sized truck crashed into the Intercape Mainliner just outside Okahandja, en route to Oshakati on Friday evening.

Nampa reports that the crash occurred shortly after 20:00 in the evening and 13 passengers of the 59 on-board, were injured.

They were aged between three and 59. A passenger on the bus and who spoke to Namibian Sun anonymously, said they were informed that the young child died shortly after the crash.

Authorities have yet to confirm this.

Moreover, the passenger said that according to authorities at the scene, the driving behaviour of the small truck had been reported to the Okahandja police.

Allegedly a driver had followed the truck for a good 50 kilometres and had noticed erratic driving, also recording it on video.

As the bus was leaving Okahandja, the police were on their way and it was then that the accident happened, the passenger said.

The driver of the truck, 36, was arrested for allegedly operating the truck while under the influence of alcohol and for reckless and/or negligent driving, according to Nampa.

Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Inspector Maureen Mbeha told Nampa that the truck collided with the bus.

“It is alleged the truck moved into the wrong lane while the bus was near, and this forced the bus driver to swerve off the road to avoid a head on collision.

“However, the truck hit it on the right side injuring 13 people in the bus,” Mbeha said.

The injured were transported to the Okahandja State Hospital.

Intercape Mainliner declined to comment yesterday referring questions to management today.



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