Bus plunge kills 25 people in PNG's Western Highlands | Pacific Beat

Bus plunge kills 25 people in PNG's Western Highlands

Bus plunge kills 25 people in PNG's Western Highlands

Updated 4 April 2013, 19:01 AEDT

In Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands province 25 people have been killed in what local authorities describe as the worst road accident.

Sixteen men and nine women including two children died when a 25-seater PMV bus they were travelling in veered off the road and plunged down a fifty metre cliff and crashed into the bank of a river early yesterday morning, just 20 minuntes outside Mount Hagen.

They were amongst a group of 33 passengers all from the Baiyer District in the Western Highlands province heading to Mt Hagen city to pick up the casket one of their locals who had died in the PNG capital Port Moresby.

The Director of Medical Services, Doctor Guapo Kiagi says twenty-three people died instantly, the driver died on arrival at the hospital and a women died of injuries this morning.

Doctor Kiagi tells our reporter in Port Moresby, Firmin Nanol, police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speaker: Doctor Guapo Kiagi, the Director of Medical Services at PNG's Mt Hagen Provincial Hospital

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