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Shortcuts turns entrance road to Walvis Bay into a danger zone

Shortcuts turns entrance road to Walvis Bay into a danger zone

Niël Terblanché
A DANGEROUS situation has developed on the B2 Road at the entrance of Walvis Bay from Swakopmund because of motorists suddenly turning off the main road to take shortcuts through the desert to reach the Kuisebmond neighbourhood of the harbour town.
The trend to avoid driving all the way to the Narraville turn-off a few kilometres down the road from where hundreds of palm trees next to the entrance road forms an avenue has already caused several car crashes and even more near miss situations.

Video: Injured passengers receive medical treatment after the driver of the taxi crashed into a slow moving bakkie that wanted to turn off the B2 Road at the entrance of Walvis Bay. – Footage: Niël Terblanché

During the latest incident a collision between a seven seater taxi and a light delivery vehicle on the B2 Road from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay on Tuesday afternoon left seven people with slight injuries and wreckage strewn all over the busy road.
The crash occurred when the driver of the bakkie slowed down suddenly in the middle of the busy road to wait for oncoming traffic to pass before he turned off to the right hand side. While he turned the driver of the taxi attempted to overtake the slower vehicle and crashed his vehicle into the driver side of the bakkie.
The force of the impact caused the taxi to veer off the road and to plough through soft sand for at least 50 metres before it came to standstill.
A traffic official of the Walvis Bay municipality who attended the scene said that motorists turning off the main road once they reach they palm trees to take shortcuts to Kuisebmond has become a dangerous situation on the road.
“The people don’t want to drive all the way to the Narraville turn-off to reach their homes. They use these shortcuts which causes a very dangerous situation for other motorists. This is not the first time an accident of nature occurred on this specific stretch on the road.”
The driver of the bakkie did not sustain any serious injuries while the driver of the taxi and his six passengers received treatment for cuts and bruises where the taxi came to a standstill. The injured passengers were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for further treatment.

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