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A tragedy waiting to happen

A tragedy waiting to happen

Niël Terblanché

THREE Angolan nationals that were in one of the vehicles that was involved in the deadly crash between Otavi and Tsumeb on Saturday where a mother and two of her children died along with a fourth person, were involved in another crash less than 24 hours before the deadly crash.
The first crash involving the three Angolans occurred about 27 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo on Friday evening when the driver of a left-hand-drive Ford Ranger was involved in partial head-on collision with an Iveco minibus.
The three were on their way North with two vehicles – a Ford Ranger and a Ford Raptor – when the sideswipe crash occurred.
None of the occupants of minibus or the left hand drive double cab bakkie were injured and they returned to Otjiwarongo to sort out payment of damages to the vehicles.

According to one of people that responded to the first accident on Friday, the Ford Ranger was damaged and the Angolans all boarded their second vehicle, the Ford Raptor, the next day, only to be involved in the deadly head-on collision where four people died.
Another responder, who attended the scene of the tragedy on Saturday, said that the Ford Raptor driven by one of the Angolan nationals overtook another vehicle, a Nissan Tida, in a bend in the road and stayed driving on the right hand side of the road while the seven-seater was approaching in the same lane from Tsumeb.
“The driver of the seven-seater must have seen the oncoming vehicle because he swerved onto the gravel next to road to avoid the crash. The driver of the left-hand-drive Ford Raptor also swerved onto the gravel on the same side where the two vehicles crashed into each other,” said the responder.
A case of culpable homicide was registered against the Angolan driver, however, no arrests were made.
In the meantime, the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division released the names of the young man, the mother and her two children who died after the collision.
The 24-year-old Helen Domingo and her two daughters, the one-year-old Martha Maranada Tjapwa and the three-year-old Linyondi Azariah Luke, as well as Mainjongo Mavis Handura, a 23-year-old man, all died as a result of the crash. The three-year-old girl died on her way to the Ongwediva Medipark private hospital.

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