SIX people were burned beyond recognition in the aftermath of a head-on collision between a long-distance minibus taxi and another vehicle late on Friday night.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police in the Otjozondjupa Region, the crash occurred at about 23:30 after the driver of the minibus swerved to avoid crashing into a red hartebeest that crossed the road in front of him.
The fatal motor vehicle accident occurred about 30 kilometres outside Otjiwarongo on the way to Kalkfeld.
The startled driver of the minibus lost control over his vehicle and it slammed head-on into a GWM bakkie travelling in the opposite direction.
According to the report, the impact caused the minibus to leave the road and overturn where it immediately burst into flames.
There were 19 people on board the minus. Of the occupants, six were trapped in the wreckage and they were burned beyond recognition. The 13 remaining occupants, that include the driver, managed to escape from the mangled wreck before the flames got out of control.
The driver of the bakkie also survived the impact but he sustained serious injuries.
According to the report, the 14 survivors were transported by ambulance to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Two of the more seriously injured survivors were referred to a hospital in Windhoek for intensive medical care.