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 on Monday evening.
Another 17 people sustained light bodily injuries, and all the victims are now receiving medical treatment in several hospitals in Windhoek.
The accident took place a few metres from the University of Namibia’s main campus between 18h00 and 19h00.
Luckily, 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 accident happened.
Shikesho said the minibus was travelling in front, and 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,” he explained.
Police investigations are underway to determine the circumstances which led to the accident, Shikesho said.
Meanwhile, on 09 August this year, a 22-year-old woman sustained serious injuries when the vehicle she was travelling in overturned on the same road during the morning rush hour.
The Toyota Corolla sedan overturned on the Western Bypass section of the B1 road, a few minutes before 08h00.
The vehicle was travelling in a southerly direction when the car allegedly left the road, hit a pavement and rolled through the grass before it was stopped by the fence of the Windhoek Central Hospital, a few metres from the intersection with Florence Nightingale Street.