Accidents claim two lives along Highlands Highway

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TWO traffic accidents along the Daulo Pass section of Highlands Highway in Eastern Highlands have claimed two lives within three days.
Provincial police commander Supt Alex N’Drasal warned truck drivers and people living along the highway to exercise caution and have respect and understanding.
Reports from Asaro Highway patrol commander Sergeant David Kilo confirmed the first accident occurred at Daulo Pass where a large truck ran over a crew member of a lighter truck, killing him instantly.
Youths at Finoku village near Watabung station patched up pot holes and set up a road block to collect money from passing vehicles.
When the light truck from Jiwaka carrying fruit wine alcoholic drinks passed through, the youths hopped onto the back of the truck and looted some of its contents.
The truck driver and crew stopped beside the large truck and expressed their frustration. The driver of the large truck then tried to move on and ran over the crew.
The driver of the large truck voluntarily surrendered to police.
The second accident occurred near Asaro government station last Wednesday where a young man identified as Steven Mai was killed and a female companion identified as Evelyn Mai from Kandep, Enga, was seriously injured.
The truck was reportedly traveling at high speed when it ran off the road and rammed into a tree.

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