WINDHOEK: A road accident between Tsumeb and Oshivelo on Tuesday last week claimed the lives of five people after the driver lost control over the vehicle, causing it to overturn.
A statement issued here on Sunday by the Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund’s Manager for Corporate Communication, Catherine Shipushu, said four people died on the scene while the fifth died in a Windhoek hospital the following day.
That accident happened just a few days before another accident, involving a 65-seater bus and a truck, on the same road that killed 10 people on Saturday. Nine people died on the spot and another in a Tsumeb hospital.
Shipushu said a total of 26 crashes occurred over the weekend – from Friday to Sunday – with 66 injuries and 10 fatalities.
These crashes include nine pedestrians, three head-on collisions, three collisions with animals, six roll-overs, lost of control of vehicle but not overturning, two involving cyclists, and two still under investigation.
According to Shipushu, a total of 446 fatalities, 4 494 injuries and 2 602 crashes were recorded on national roads between January and 28 October 2012.
These include the accident that took place on the Okahandja-Karibib road on 03 January when 10 people died on the spot, another accident on the Swakopmund-Aradis road where 10 people died on the scene and two in hospital on 04 April, and the accident on the Tsumeb-Oshivelo road which claimed the lives of 10 people on Saturday.
“There is a call for change in road behaviour, as road crash data indicate that most of the crashes occur as a result of human error, therefore the needless loss of lives on our roads is preventable.
It is tragic that many of our road users have not yet grasped the very real dangers that exist on our roads, and until that happens, we will remain a nation in mourning,” Shipushu said.
She added that driver fatique and other traffic violations such as drinking and driving, speeding and reckless overtaking lead to very serious and often fatal road crashes.
“As we head towards the festive season, we send a clarion call to each and every single road user, driver, passenger or pedestrian to make a personal commitment to obey all traffic regulations.
This is the only way we can prevent loss of lives on our roads,” said MVA’s manger for corporate communication.