OTJIWARONGO, 26 MAR – A 34-year-old man survived a burning truck on the road between Otavi and Otjiwarongo on Monday morning.
Driver Johannes Nghishingwa, who was alone in the truck, told Nampa at the scene he was transporting crates of empty bottles from Oshakati to Windhoek.
Nghishingwa said he experienced extreme heat in the cabin of the truck when he left Otavi, and opened all windows to allow air circulation.
At about 30 kilometres to Otjiwarongo, smoke was visible from underneath the truck.
“I then reduced speed and immediately there was fire all over the front section of the truck,” he said.
Nghishingwa then pulled the truck onto the left shoulder of the road and jumped out.
The Otjiwarongo Municipality Fire Brigade could only rescue half of the truck’s trailer.
Nghishingwa suspected the truck had some mechanical problems that caused the fire.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the incident on Monday morning.
Mbeha said the incident occurred at approximately 06h00, some 30 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo on the B1 road.
She said the total loss and damages incurred were yet to be determined.