TSUMEB: The names of seven of the people who died in an accident between Tsumeb and Oshivelo on Saturday were released today.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Oshikoto Regional Commander, Commissioner Anne-Marie Nainda told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Tuesday that the deceased have been identified by their relatives.
She also stated that previous information saying that 10 people died in the head-on collision involving a 65-seater Namibia Contract Haulage (NCH) bus and a truck is incorrect, and that the correct figure is nine.
The accident occurred between midnight and 01h00 on Saturday about 85 kilometres from Tsumeb to the Oshivelo Gate.
There were 65 passengers plus the driver in the bus at the time of the accident.
“Eight of the people in the bus died, as well as the truck driver. At the moment seven of the deceased have been identified by their relatives,” Nainda said.
The deceased have been identified as the 46-year-old Petrus Ikukutu; Linus Laban, 47; Phineas Amwaalwa, 45; Joseph Ilungu, 17; Nambula Shambula, 37; Tina Kandali Amunyela, and the 17-year-old Hafeni Andreas.
The remains of the two deceased who have not yet been identified are being kept at the Oshakati Police Mortuary in the Oshana Region.
Nainda said some of the accident victims are still receiving treatment at the Oshakati State Hospital and are in a stable condition.