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Erongo police said they are worried that most of the people dying in road accidents are young.

This comes after two accidents on Thursday and Friday killed six people in the Erongo region.

Erongo police said around 17h00 along the Karibib-Usakos road, a Nissan Lafesta (7-seater) carrying seven people burst a rear tyre about 35km on the B2 road.

The driver lost control of the vehicle that overturned and killed one person on the spot, while the second one died on the way to a hospital in Windhoek.

Those who died are Elsabe Titus (29) and Selma Kalimbo (47), who died on the way to the hospital.

The driver (40) was admitted at Katutura Intermediate Hospital with serious injuries, while two other female passengers who also sustained severe injuries – a 40-year-old and a 25-year-old were taken to Okahandja State Hospital. According to the police, the 25-year-old was released.

Two passengers aged 29 and three years escaped with no injuries.

The second accident that happened on Friday killed four people.

The accident involved two vehicles – a seven-seater and an Isuzu double cab that had two Brazilians.

Erongo police said the accident happened on B2 road between Usakos and Arandis, about 30km from Usakos towards Arandis, at 23h30.

The four people who died were travelling in the seven-seater. The driver is among those who died on the scene. The other three are all women.

The other three passengers sustained serious injuries and were all rushed to Windhoek for treatment.

The two Brazilians aged 26 and 29 escaped the accident with minor injuries.

According to the police, the seven-seater was travelling from Windhoek to Walvis Bay, while the Isuzu was travelling from the direction of Arandis.

Erongo police regional commander for community affairs, inspector Ileni Shapumba, said the statistics also reflect that most people who lost their lives were young people.

He also said they had observed a bad trend of drunken drivers arrested on the roads, particularly in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

“We are reminding all road users, including young drivers, to exercise caution, exhibit a sense of responsibility and drive alert.

“Our roads should, as intended for, serve as a means to take us all to our destinations safely. This is possible when we act responsibly through strict compliance with the rules on the roads, driving within the speed limit, ensuring vehicle fitness at all times and driving safely.”


Erongo police said Kavango East governor Bonifatius Wakudumo sustained slight injuries on Friday evening when his official Mercedes-Benz was involved in a freak accident about 13km from Omaruru.

A police report said the control arm broke and caused the vehicle to “jump off the road and came to a standstill”.

The governor’s driver, identified as Mathew Hausiku (39), escaped with no injuries, while Wakudumo went to a hospital in Omaruru for a checkup before continuing his journey.

Julia Heita

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