Monday, November 21, 2011

Accident raises road concerns


Source: Post Courier, November 21,  2111
By PORENI UMAU
TWO children are in critical condition and on life support after a 25 seater PMV bus they were travelling in was involved in a nasty collision with a big highway truck yesterday afternoon as Idubada bend.
The children, one three and 11-years-old were among 13 other passengers from Baruni and Tatana, on their way home from Port Moresby. There were no deaths in the accident. The accident occurred between two and three o’clock in the afternoon.
The victims include six children and seven adults with the rest from Tatana Dr Sam Yockopua director of Emergency Department said that the two children sustained severe head injuries and were in life support and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He said that they received CT scans and were waiting for ICU care and neurosurgical intervention. He said that the other passengers sustained minor injuries, cuts and broken bones while the driver had both legs smashed from the knee down on impact. He said the five who sustained minor injuries were taken to the Pacific International Hospital with their medical fees to be covered by a local company from the village. He said that only the seriously injured were admitted at the Port Moresby general Hospital.
Dr Yockopua said that the injuries from the accident showed that the accident involved was caused by high speed. He said that the bus was a new one and the driver was not drunk. He also challenged the government and companies involved in the LNG project to look at building a road purposely for heavy trucks or open up the road. He said that the road designed was purposely for little vehicles as it was very narrow. He said that such trucks should have their own road instead of using the same road which runs through Hanuabada and further down the coast. He said that such heavy trucks travelling at high speed, posed danger to simple villagers and children who access this road. He said nasty accidents would happen in the future if the road was not upgraded.

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