The Namibian (Windhoek)

9 January 2013

Namibia: Twelve People Die On Roads So Far

BY noon yesterday, a total of 12 people had perished on Namibian roads during the first week of 2013 alone.

During the same period, 126 people were injured in accidents, while 64 crashes took place.

In statistics released by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVAF) yesterday, it is shown that 73 people died between November 22 2012 and January 8 this year, while 769 were injured in 477 accidents.

During the same period the previous year, 79 people were killed, while 1 040 were injured in 495 crashes.

On December 13 2012, three people died on the Maltahöhe-Solitaire gravel road in the Hardap Region, while three people were injured in a head-on collision.

Two people were killed on December 18, when a car overturned 30 km from Oshivelo on the way to Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region. Seven people were injured in this accident.

On December 24, two people died and eight were injured between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region when a vehicle overturned.

On Christmas Day, five people died between Outjo and Kamanjab also in the Otjozondjupa Region, while three were injured when the vehicle overturned after the driver tried to avoid hitting a kudu.

Two pedestrians were killed when a car crashed into them when they crossed a road in the Puhingireni location in Rundu in the Kavango Region.

On New Year's Day, two people died between Tsandi and Omakange in the Omusati Region and one was injured when their vehicle overturned.

Speeding led to another fatal accident on the same day on the Otjituuo-Okakarara gravel road in the Otjozondjupa Region when two people died and two were injured when their vehicle overturned.

On January 5, two people died and three others were injured when a vehicle overturned near Bethanie.

Of the 73 people who died between November 22 and January 8, 54 were male and 19 were female, while 30 were pedestrians, 27 passengers in vehicles, 15 drivers and one a cyclist.

The highest number of fatalities were recorded in the Otjozondjupa Region - 14 - with 11 in Oshikoto and seven in Oshana.

The lowest number of fatalities were recorded in the Omaheke Region with two deaths.

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