Truck and car collides on B2 coastal road

Well-known resident seriously injured….

Eileen van der Schyff

A 30-year-old Walvis Bay resident, Gabriela Jacobs, remains hospitalised in the Welwitschia Private Hospital in a serious condition, after the vehicle in which she traveled on the B2 coastal road slammed into a truck near Langstrand on Wednesday evening.

Jacobs was driving from the direction of Swakopmund with her hatchback vehicle when she collided with a truck which was driving from the direction of Walvis Bay.
The vehicle hit the oncoming truck on the right hand front corner of the cab. The truck veered off the road and Jacobs’ vehicle came to a standstill some hundred meters further.
Rescue equipment “jaws of life” had to be applied by the Walvis Bay fire brigade to free the injured Jacobs from the wrecked vehicle.
Since the accident on Wednesday evening, renewed calls came from the public over the use of the coastal road by trucks. It was explained by West Coast Safety Initiative the road behind the dunes (MR44) are still under construction as a dual carriage way and until construction work concludes in 2020, a lot of truck operators opt to rather use the coastal road.

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