13 people die in PNG bus crash, Northern Governor calls for thorough investigation
PORT MORESBY, 12 JANUARY 2017 (NBC NEWS) — Thirteen people, including two children, have been killed in a road crash in Oro province in south-eastern Papua New Guinea.
Ten people were also injured, including three seriously, and have been admitted to hospital, local media reported. [restrict]
Oro Province Governor, Gary Juffa says the loss of 13 lives is a terrible blow to the province, especially to families they leave behind.
Juffa is pushing for a thorough investigation into the accident and the responsible party dealt with by the law.
The accident involved a PMV and the vehicle of an oil palm contracting company.
Governor Juffa told NBC News he’s warned the company’s expatriate manager countless times about his drivers who continue to drive at high speed while picking and dropping off oil palm fruit bunches, which are overloaded and usually never secured.
Juffa said he’s stopped many of these trucks for speeding, overloading, driving without a license plate, and even removed keys from the drivers.
He said numerous instructions to the Oro Provincial Administration and police to enforce the traffic laws on poor compliance have fallen on deaf ears.
He said overloading and drunk driving is becoming a norm in Northern Province, and it is time authorities and especially the traffic police wake up to their responsibility in enforcing the laws…. PACNEWS
Relatives of Oro crash victims demand K50m compensation
PORT MORESBY, 12 JANUARY 2017 (POST COURIER) — Relatives of the 13 deceased and 16 injured passengers in Monday’s fatal motor vehicle crash in Papua New Guinea’s Northern Province have demanded K50 million (US$15.7 million) in compensation for the tragedy.
Northern Provincial Police Commander Chief Superintendent Lincoln Gerari said the demand was in a petition signed by 5000 people that gathered at Popondetta town.
Gerari said it was addressed to the Northern Provincial Administration, the Member for Sohe Open Delilah Gore and management of the oil palm company whose multi-tonne truck was involved.
He said the crowd comprising people mostly from Timbeki and Barevaturu villages had gotten rowdy when they initially started their presentation.
But he said a heavy downpour dispersed the crowd before they could complete their presentation resulting in the petition not handed over at all.
Gerari did not indicate how the people intended to hand over the petition now or what was contained in it…. PACNEWS [/restrict]