Train accident victim passes away

WALVIS BAY

28 September 2017 | Accidents

Otis Finck



The man who was injured when a train hit his vehicle has died in hospital.

Erongo deputy police commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed that Hindjou Ignatius Jazikama (37), who was admitted at Welwitschia hospital due to the injuries he sustained during the accident, passed away on Tuesday.

“The next of kin were informed and the body of the deceased was transferred to the police mortuary for a post mortem to be conducted.”

The incident report indicates the accident occurred at 08:10 on Monday in Walvis Bay. The deceased was alone in a silver Toyota Corolla sedan and driving on Hannah Mupetami Road.

“It is suspected that he did not check to ensure that it was safe before he crossed the railway line. As a result the vehicle was hit by the train and dragged over a distance of approximately 100 metres from the point of impact. The deceased sustained serious injuries and was taken to Welwitschia hospital by St Gabriel Ambulance for medical attention.”

The trapped and injured Jazikama was stabilised on the scene by paramedics while firemen used the jaws of life and power tools to free him from the wreck.

Walvis Bay Fire Chief Dennis Basson said it was unexplainable how the vehicle landed in front of the train. “The train always sounds a warning when it approaches a crossing. This is a very sad case and an eye opener. We will have to look at the safety aspect at railway crossings.”

Traffic Chief Eben Platt could not be reached for comment.

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