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Five killed in horrific crash

Five killed in horrific crash

Niël Terblanché


FIVE people, including three women, burned beyond recognition on the eve of Independence Day after the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a wall at the Bahnhof railway siding east of Rehoboth.


According to the accident report provided by the Hardap Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Eric Clay, the fatal motor vehicle accident occurred on Saturday evening at about 23:00 at the railway siding about 30 kilometres outside of Rehoboth.


The accident report states that an eye witness told investigators on the scene of the tragedy that the Land Rover, with a Windhoek registration number, was travelling at a very high speed from the direction of Rehoboth before it crashed into the concrete wall.


The car burst into flames shortly after the impact.


Five killed horrific crash burned Independence Day


There were seven people in the vehicle before it slammed into the wall.


According to the report, bystanders managed to pull two of the vehicle’s occupants, Charles Shivela and Raquel Diergaardt, to safety before the flames completely enveloped the car.


The injured persons were rushed to the St Mary’s Roman Catholic Hospital in Rehoboth for emergency medical treatment.


The five people that were still trapped inside the wreckage were burned beyond recognition.


At this stage, the Namibian Police are still attempting to track down the family of the two men and three women that died in the horrific crash.


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