Governor Mutjavikua reacts after two road accidents claimed seven over weekend

The accident-prone B2 highway between Swakopmund and Usakos claimed a total of seven lives on Sunday in two separate accidents. Both incidents occurred between Usakos and Arandis and although they occurred a few hours apart, they were in the same stretch of road.
In what can be described as one of the most horrific accidents in the Erongo Region in recent times, five people died at the scene of a head-on collision on Sunday afternoon. According to information received a Toyota sedan and a Toyota Single Cab bakkie collided. In total there were eleven people involved in the accident, five of which, including a minor, passed away.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. Numerous attempts to get an incident report from the Namibian police yesterday remained fruitless. The names of the deceased are yet to be announced. It was understood the deceased are three men, a woman and a young girl. Of all injured survivors, two sustained serious injuries and were in a critical condition. They were transferred to Windhoek for specialist medical intervention and care. The remaining passengers sustained less serious and minor injuries respectively.
The second fatal accident occurred about 30 Kilometres outside Usakos on the way to Arandis on the same stretch of road. It is assumed that a SUV veered off the road for unknown reasons and overturned. A total of seven people were in the vehicle and it is understood that some occupants were thrown from the vehicle. According to reports a three year old died instantly at the scene of the incident, while the remaining occupants sustained critical, serious and less serious injuries. The namib times understands that one critically injured patient was rushed to the Usakos State Hospital, but unfortunately died in the hospital due to the nature of the injuries sustain-ed. The remaining seriously injured occupants were transferred to Windhoek for specialist intervention.
After the horrific weekend on the roads in the Erongo Region, Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua expressed his profound condolence to the family members. “I also wish to reiterate what I have said in the past. Drivers must be extra vigilant and extraordinary careful on the road between Karibib and Walvis Bay,” he said. The Governor added that the road is congested and it will get more congested in the future. “Karibib is a branch-in-point of various corridors. Trucks combine there and congest the road. This gets even worse once drivers reach the Uranium belt,” he said and referred to the road leading from Arandis to Walvis Bay.

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