Collision on C-34 claims life

27 July 2021 | Accidents

Ileni Shapumba; Nampol; “…he saw a car coming from the direction of Swakopmund and unfortunately, could not avoid the accident.”

Henties Bay


A 49-year-old man died in an accident that took place on the C-34 road on Tuesday.

According to Nampol’s commander of community affairs in the Erongo region, Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the accident took place on the outskirts of Henties Bay.

A car collided with a truck that was attempting a U-turn, ending under its trailer.

“It is alleged that a 23-year-old Zimbabwean national (suspect), the driver of a Freightliner truck with trailer, took a wrong route from Walvis Bay en-route to Zimbabwe.

While he was driving outside Henties Bay, he received a call that he had taken the wrong road and that he must turn back to Swakopmund.

“He allegedly tried to turn and in the process, saw a car coming from Swakopmund's direction. Unfortunately, he could not avoid the accident.”

A white double-cab pick-up vehicle, which belongs to the ministry of sport, youth and national services, in Windhoek with the driver, crashed into the trailer. “The vehicle collided and slid underneath the trailer. The driver of the vehicle was declared dead at the scene,” said Shapumba.

The truck driver was unharmed.

He was arrested and an arrangement is underway for him to appear at Henties Bay magistrate’s court today (Tuesday) in connection with a case of culpable homicide as well as reckless and/or negligent driving.

The deceased's body was taken to the Swakopmund state mortuary for further handling. The investigation continues.