OTJIWARONGO: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region on Monday released the names of the people who died in a road accident outside Okahandja on Sunday afternoon.
Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa on Monday that nine people died instantly in the accident, which involved four vehicles.
The accident took place at about 16h10, some 10 kilometres north of Okahandja on the B1 road to Otjiwarongo.
“Ten other people sustained serious injuries, while three were slightly injured, including Environment and Tourism Deputy Minister Uahekua Herunga,” he said.
Only three people emerged from the crash without injuries, Khairabeb noted.
Preliminary police investigations into the cause of the accident have so far pointed to a tyre burst on a Volkswagen microbus, which was travelling from Okahandja towards Otjiwarongo.
“At about 10 kilometres from Okahandja, the combi’s rear tyre allegedly burst, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The combi swerved into the other lane, and collided head-on with a government vehicle in which Herunga and his family were travelling,” Khairabeb explained.
Two other cars which were behind the government vehicle crashed into the other two vehicles (the combi and the government pick-up), bringing the total number of vehicles involved to four.
“Two passengers who were travelling in Herunga’s government vehicle, allegedly his daughter and cousin, died on the spot and are yet to be identified,” said the police deputy commissioner.
According to Khairabeb, the driver of the combi Reinhard Seibeb (age unknown) and his seven passengers Ebson Garoeb, Sam Garoeb, Shaun Narib, Juliana Naris, Kalenda Naris and Safina Kharuxas also perished on the spot.
Their ages are not yet known to the police.
Close relatives of the deceased persons have already been informed, and police investigations continue.