The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: 569 Road Fatalities Recorded So Far

ANOTHER accident which claimed four lives recently brought this year's road fatalities to a high of 569 in comparison to last year's 561.

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund Chief Executive Officer, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, the accident took place outside Otjiwarongo on the road to Otavi when an Iveco bus carrying 20 passengers side-swiped a truck.

At least 16 passengers who were reported to have sustained moderate injuries were transported to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital. Three passengers died on the scene while another passenger was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

"One patient sustained severe head injuries while another suffered a leg injury," said Martins-Hausiku.

The status of some of the patients who were referred to the Katutura State Hospital remains unknown.

MVA spokesperson Catherine Shipushu confirmed that since the beginning of the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign on 22 November this year, 188 road crashes have been recorded countrywide.

The accident which is the second fatal crash involving a mini bus followed another which occurred along Arandis-Usakos road killing one person and injuring six of the 16 passengers, all this within the past week.

Martins-Hausiku stressed the danger of road fatigue, citing it as one of the most contributing factors of road accidents.

"We appeal to drivers for road silence at night and for trucks to be parked between 22h00 and 05h00," she added.

Ministry of Health and Social Services spokesperson Ester Paulus said she knew of the accident but could not give any details concerning the victims.

Attempts to get police to comment were unsuccessful yesterday.

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