Man Crushed by Train


By Engel Nawatiseb OSHIVELO A 46-year old man was instantly killed when he was run over by a TransNamib cargo and goods train on Wednesday last week. The man, who was identified as Erastus Pinehas reportedly died six kilometres south of Tsumeb after the oncoming train failed to apply its braking system in time to avoid running over him. The deceased, believed to be a resident of the Ombilli Village was allegedly lying on the railway line when the accident took place at about 17h40. The local police confirmed the incident and reported that the train was transporting materials for use on the remaining railway line stretch leading to Ondangwa. The materials were destined for Omuthiya. In another incident on Saturday, a goods train ran into a Toyota Corolla sedan car with registration number N4900ND after the vehicle failed to stop at the intersection about 5 km outside Tsumeb. Two female passengers, Joao Ngalatia Lomboleni (26) and Analia Nambahu (26) sustained serious injuries and are reportedly in critical condition in hospitals at Windhoek and Oshakati. The driver of the Corolla, 28-year-old Petrina Kam-bonde is said to be in stable condition. Police sources told New Era that clear traffic signals and red flashing lights as well as road humps have been erected at the rail crossing to caution travellers against oncoming trains. The police source noted that drivers appear to be negligent as they fail to heed traffic warnings, and have advised road users to adhere to road signs, since failure to do so could claim more lives in future. The public is being informed that trains continue to transport goods (materials) to the far north in order to accelerate the completion of the Tsumeb/Ondangwa railway extension line. “The fact that passenger trains to Ondangwa have not yet been commissioned should not be taken for granted that the line is not in use but careful consideration must be given when crossing those intersections,” the police cautioned. New Era further learned that some youth residing at farms between Tsumeb and Oshivelo have lately been spotted while throwing stones at trains travelling on that stretch. The police have condemned such practice, warning that culprits would face the law once identified. “The trains are value assets of the country and were purchased for millions of dollars and should be protected. Our responsibility is to guard against vandalism of state property, therefore we shall not allow such destructive practices to continue,” said the police.