Three people – a mother, a son who was the driver and another man – died in a horrific accident that occurred about seven kilometers outside Okahandja at around 16h00 on Saturday.
The car in which the three were travelling, a Black BMW 640 Cabriolet, left the road and was flung about 10 meters into the air, spilling its debris of car parts and clothes all over the field.
The vehicle, after ‘flying’ for a distance of close to a 100 meters through the air, landed in the driveway of the Rock Lodge and came to a standstill about 20 meters further away inside the camp of the lodge.
The vehicle’s mangled wreck was unrecognizable – one would not be able to tell what kind of vehicle it is just by looking at it from a distance, you would need to check the car for markings.
This reporter was one of the first on the scene and was the one who witnessed the accident unfold right before his very eyes.
From what was witnessed the BMW whizzed past the reporter up a blind crest at a very high speed. It then descended on the other side swerving to one side and then the other, leaving the road about 200 hundred meters ahead of this reporter’s car.
By the time the vehicle that left the road was reached, it was evident that not much could be done for its occupants as they had already succumbed to their injuries.
The driver was slumped back in his seat, his neck had been broken and his scalp removed from his head.
The lady passenger had been sliced in two, with half of her body lying beside the car and the top half still seated in the passenger seat next to the driver. The passenger on the back seat had very little visible injuries but was bleeding heavily from his mouth and nose.
All the occupants were still strapped into their seat belts although the female passenger had hers wrapped around her neck.
At the time the driver of the vehicle was the only one known to this reporter but it was later established after a call to a close friend of the family that his mother was the female occupant who also died in the accident.
Speaking to some of the staff of Nampost who was at the camp at the time busy with team-building exercises, they all related how they just heard a loud bang and then saw a black car flying through the air upon which they ran to inspect the carnage.
People were visibly shocked at what they witnessed and some young ladies had to be taken away from the scene.
When the rescue services arrived they quickly contained the area as by that time many curious onlookers had already gathered at the scene.
The bodies were removed and taken directly to the Windhoek state mortuary.
From what was said by the detectives on the scene, it appeared the vehicle had blown one of its back tyres, which caused the unfortunate carnage to unfold.