Trapped driver freed from wreck

WALVIS BAY

31 August 2017 | Accidents

Otis Finck

The driver of a bakkie sustained serious injuries and escaped with his life after his vehicle crashed into a bus.

Fire fighters and emergency services personnel struggled for approximately half an hour to free the man, who was alone in the vehicle, from the twisted wreck of a Nissan NP200.

Medical personnel stabilised him in the vehicle while fire fighters used the Jaws of Life and a hydraulic pump to free him.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of the entrance to Walvis Bay on the B2 route. The bakkie was travelling from Swakopmund and the bus from Walvis Bay. The driver of the bus did not sustain any injuries in the accident. He was also the only occupant and had dropped off passengers in the harbour town earlier on.

According to Johan Kotze from Cars and Guides for Hire, the company that owns the bus, video footage from a dash camera mounted in the bus shows it was moving in its (left) lane with three vehicles approaching (right lane) from the direction of Swakopmund.

“Two vehicles passed while the third (a bakkie) entered the left lane in which the bus was and smashed into its right front side. The video footage also shows how the driver struggled to control the bus and tried to keep it on the road after it was hit. The bus subsequently left the road and ran over a palm tree before it stopped in a sandbank next to the road.”

Kotze said he was glad that no lives were lost, despite considerable damages to the bakkie, which is a write-off, and the brand new bus valued at N$3,5 million.

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