WINDHOEK: A total of 27 people sustained serious injuries when two vehicles they were travelling in collided on the notorious Western Bypass section of the B1 road in the capital yesterday evening.
Another 17 people sustained light bodily injuries, and all the victims are now receiving medical treatment in several hospitals in Windhoek.
No fatalities were reported.
The Senior Superintendent of the Windhoek City Police and Emergency Management Department, Gerry Shikesho told Nampa on enquiry this morning that the two vehicles – a minibus and a pick-up – were both travelling in a northerly direction when the minibus that was travelling in front, apparently developed some mechanical problems.
It then started emitting thick black smoke, causing poor visibility which resulted in the pick-up hitting the minibus from behind.
This then caused the two vehicles to overturn, injuring all passengers in both cars.
MARIENTAL; Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Hardap Region and some fire-fighters on Sunday extinguished a veld fire at the /Huibes Conservancy after it raged for seven days.
The fire started last Monday, and destroyed areas such as /Huibes, Uibis and Docheib, located some 80 kilometres west of Mariental in the Gibeon Constituency.
NamPol’s Commander for Hardap, Commissioner Kobus Meyer confirmed to Nampa today that the fire was finally put out, and no wild animals or humans were reported to have died or been injured in the fire.
More veld fires were experienced last week on the Lapa Lange farm and the Hoachanas area near Mariental.
He said all these fires were also extinguished.
The cause of the fires is still not known, but police suspect that honey-seekers might have started the fires, where they make fires to chase away bees to get access to their honey, and another possibility could be a cigarette smoker, who might have thrown a lit cigarette away in the grass.