Walvis Bay accident claims two lives

TWO people died and seven sustained serious injuries in a car accident near the ‘Welcome to Walvis Bay’ sign at Walvis Bay on Saturday night.

Erongo police spokesperson inspector Ileni Shapumba said a silver Polo and an unidentified Audi were driving from Walvis Bay towards the direction of Swakopmund at around 23h50.

The driver of the Audi reportedly attempted to overtake the Polo, but tried to get back to his lane after observing an oncoming mini-truck from the opposite direction.

It hit the Polo from behind, causing the driver to lose control and overturn several times.

The Audi allegedly swerved into the lane of the oncoming truck, hitting it, and causing both vehicles to catch fire.

The driver of the Audi, who was alone, burned beyond recognition and died at the scene.

There were five occupants in the Polo, including Dumeni Jeronim (27), who succumbed to his injuries.

The Polo’s driver (28), a 32- year-old man, 24-year-old female and a 16-year-old female, sustained serious injuries.

Three men from the truck aged 38, 33 and an unconfirmed age, also sustained serious injuries.

The deceaseds’ remains were transported to the Walvis Bay police mortuary.

The next of kin have been informed.

The Erongo police are urging anyone with information to assist in investigating and identifying the driver of the Audi by contacting detective chief inspector Mwatongwe at 081 246 1121 or sergeant Dave Naftali at 081 235 1108.

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