Husab mine road claims first fatality

The police in Erongo is investigating an employee of a contractor working at the Husab Uranium Mine for culpable homicide. The suspect was driving a vehicle, belonging to Chinese Nuclear Engineering Company (CNEC), to the mine on Friday afternoon when the car overturned resulting in one fatality. It is the first fatality reported on the stretch of road since it was opened.

According to deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, police regional crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, the suspect, Vetuesapi Hengari (26), was travelling from Swakopmund to the mine in a Toyota Fortuner (N2728S). He picked up three passengers at Arandis who were looking for a lift to the mine. “The four occupants are Namibians and employed at the mine. They were travelling on the Husab mine road from the main gate towards the mine,” Iikuyu said.
About 20 km from the gate the driver allegedly lost control over the vehicle resulting in the Fortuner to overturn. The passenger, Luise Heigauses (23), was seriously injured and she passed away on arrival at the mine clinic. The other occupant, Rosalia Nakanyala (28), was seriously injured and sustained a broken leg and was taken to the Cottage Hospital in Swakopmund. María Shipahu was slightly injured and was taken to Swakopmund State Hospital.
The deceased’s next of kin were informed. Police investigations continue.

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