SEVEN people died as a result of a horrific crash on the main road at the entrance to Gobabis when a bakkie, driven by a drunken man, crashed into an oncoming tanker truck.
Video footage from a dash board mounted camera inside the truck shows the driver of the small bakkie losing control over the vehicle before it started sliding sideways and crashing into the truck.
According to a report about the tragedy issued by the Public Relations Division of the Namibian Police the crash occurred at about 19:00 on Sunday on the outskirts of Gobabis on the Trans Kalahari Highway while the truck was approaching the town.
Six passengers in the load box of the Ford Bantam were killed instantly while another died in the Gobabis hospital. The truck driver was treated for shock at the same hospital.
According to the report both drivers were tested for alcohol at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Bantam bakkie tested positive for alcohol and was arrested on the spot. He was, however, transported and admitted to the Windhoek Central Hospital.
Detectives investigating the incident are still busy with the process of identifying all the deceased persons.
In a separate incident on Saturday, two tourists visiting Namibia from Austria and Slovakia died as a result of motor vehicle accident on the road between Bethanie and Malthöhe.
According to the bulletin the driver lost control over the vehicle causing it to overturn. Two of the tourists died on the spot while other occupants sustained various degrees of injuries.
On Saturday Martin Emvula (age unknown) died in the Oshakati State Hospital after he was struck by an out of control vehicle next to the road between Uutapi and Ruacana on Friday evening
“It is alleged that the driver of a white Toyota Corolla sedan crashed into a white Toyota RunX. The driver of the Corolla was in the process of overtaking the RunX while it was turning off on the right side of the main road. The driver of a third vehicle, who was following the first two vehicles swerved to avoid the obstruction caused by the crash but lost control over his car causing it to leave the road. In the process Emvula who was standing next to the road was struck by the out of control car.”
Emvula, who was a resident of Onaanda Village, sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to Outapi State Hospital from where he was transferred to the Oshakati State Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.
The Namibian Police arrested the driver of the vehicle that struck the deceased person on a charge of culpable homicide.
The Onesi Police arrested an Angolan man on Saturday after the death of one of his compatriots during a motor vehicle accident near the Ontoko Village in the Onesi Constituency.
“It is alleged that the suspect was driving a motor vehicle from Ontoko village to Epalela location when one of his passengers, who was in the loading box, fell out and sustained serious injuries.”
Dozandu Feli unfortunately died on the way to Onesi Health Clinic. The deceased person was also an Angolan national and hailed from the Otyamalinya Village in the area of Okahama.
The driver, who is from the Otyayombo Village was, arrested on charges of culpable homicide and driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s licence.
The 12-year-old Matheus Ngundu was killed instantly after he was hit by a car driven by man without a valid driver’s licence.
According to the crime bulletin the accident occurred on Friday at about 10:00 when the driver of a white Toyota Corolla sedan was on his way from the Gava Village to Nkurenkuru.
“Upon reaching Kankudi village, the driver struck the boy who was walking in the road. He lost control over the vehicle in the process and collided against a tree injuring several other occupants of the car. All the occupants of the car were rushed to the Nkurenkuru Hospital.
Ngundu succumbed to injuries while being transported to Nankudu hospital.”
The driver was arrested and appeared in Rundu Magistrates Court on charges of culpable homicide and driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s licence.
On the same day the 15-year-old Vetunyanga Ndungu was killed instantly after the driver of a seven seater station wagon with six other occupants lost control over the vehicle causing it to overturn.
According to the crime bulletin the accident occurred around 16:55 on Friday on the road between Opuwo and the Ovinjage Village.
The driver and his five remaining passengers sustained various degrees of injuries. All the victims were taken to the Opuwo Hospital for treatment while the driver was admitted in a stable condition.
The 34-year-old Ell John Willex Kruger was killed instantly when the car he drove between Oranjemund and Roshpinah left the road and overturned.
According to the crime bulletin it is suspected that the deceased person lost control over the vehicle prior to the deadly accident.