Pupil dies in bus accident on Tsumeb-Otavi road

OTAVI: A school bus of Chris Junior Private School based in Ondangwa in the Oshana Region on Wednesday overturned twice and killed a 15-year-old Grade 8 pupil on the spot.

Oshikoto’s Namibian Police Commander, Anne-Marie Nainda told Nampa in an interview on Thursday morning that the road accident happened in the hours between 16H00 and 17H00 on Wednesday.

“There were about 74 pupils in that school bus,” she said.

At about 10 kilometres south of Tsumeb the school bus tried to drive and climb through a mountainous Tsumeb-Otavi road, but it failed to pull forward.

It started to reverse back on its own for about 300 metres from the upper point of the mountainous road and overturned twice before landing on its roof, said Nainda.

A Grade 8 male learner died on the spot with his arm cut-off, while other passengers sustained slight to serious injuries, she said.

The driver, learners and teachers who were in the bus were rushed at the Tsumeb State Hospital for medical checkups and some treated for shock, noted Oshikoto top cop.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region has now opened a case of culpable homicide, under CR: no. 64/09/2012), against a 34-year-old driver of the school bus, who cannot be named now as he has not yet appeared in court.

By 10H00 on Thursday the police here were still trying to locate parents of some learners who were involved in the accident and inform them about it.

The learners were on a school tour of four-days from Ondangwa to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay respectively, said Andreas Pandu Mundumbu, one of the school teachers who were in the bus with learners.

A 15-year-old Grade Eight pupil of the Chris Junior Private School based in Ondangwa died on Wednesday when the bus he was travelling in overturned twice.

Oshikoto’s Namibian Police Commander, Commissioner Anne-Marie Nainda told Nampa in an interview on Thursday morning that the road accident happened between 16h00 and 17h00.

There were about 74 pupils in the school bus.

Nainda said the bus could not climb the mountains about 10 kilometres south of Tsumeb towards Otavi, and started moving backwards on its own for about 300 metres.

It then overturned twice before landing on its roof, said Nainda, adding that one of the deceased’s arms was cut off in the accident.

Other passengers sustained slight to serious injuries.

The survivors, including the driver, learners and teachers, were rushed to the Tsumeb State Hospital for medical treatment.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region has now opened a case of culpable homicide, under CR: no. 64/09/2012), against the 34-year-old driver of the school bus.

By 10h00 Thursday, the police here were still trying to locate parents of some learners who were involved in the accident to inform them about it.

The learners were on a school tour of four days from Ondangwa to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, said Andreas Pandu Mundumbu, one of the teachers who were on the bus at the time of the accident.

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