THE Namibian police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving after a Namibian Defence Force (NDF) bus carrying 30 soldiers collided this morning with a pick-up while reportedly trying to avoid a head-on collision with an incoming truck.
The accident happened between Arandis and Usakos.
According to Nampol Erongo spokesperson Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the NDF truck was transporting soldiers to Luderitz for rotational duties.
The 54-year old driver of the bakkie sustained serious injuries but is in a stable condition. He was traveling alone. The driver of the bus, aged 42 escaped with minor injuries.
“Two of the occupants in the bus sustained moderate to serious injuries. The Toyota pick-up was traveling from Usakos to Arandis. The bus driver was going straight on the road and tried to avoid bumping into a truck that was allegedly driving infront of him and suddenly
made a stop. In the process, he lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the line of oncoming traffic and as a result collided head-on with the bakkie,”Shapumba explained.
Other occupants in the bus sustained no injuries.
“All injured persons have been taken to Usakos State Hospital for medical treatment. However, the driver of the bakkie has been
transferred to Windhoek for further treatment and investigations continue,” Shapumba stated.