One killed, 11 injured in ENB traffic accidents

Islands, Normal

The National, Tuesday June 25th, 2013

 TEN suffered injuries when a truck carrying an election campaign team overturned in East New Britain over the weekend.

Acting provincial police commander David Yapu said yesterday the incident took place at Bitakapuk in the Toma area at 2pm on Saturday.

Snr Insp Yapu said the truck was carrying 10 people and had been travelling up a steep area when one of its front tyre burst, resulting in the truck to overturning.

“Seven of the people sustained minor injuries and were taken to the Nonga Hospital where they were treated while the other three sustained major injuries and were admitted at Nonga,” Yapu said.

He appealed to motorists, intending candidates and people being used to campaign in the local level government elections to campaign in an orderly manner.

He said polling would be conducted from July 6 and campaigns must be conducted in a peaceful and trouble-free manner.

In another traffic incident on Saturday night, a drinking spree turned sour for a group of men when their car ended up in a drain at Karavi junction in Kokopo.

Yapu said the fatal accident resulted in one dead and one admitted at the St Mary’s Vunapope Hospital with head injuries.

“The man who died was the one sitting on the offside of the driver and the driver managed to escape at the scene but was apprehended by police on Sunday,” Yapu said.

He said there could have been more passengers with injuries.

“I am appealing to motorists to take extra care and to refrain from drinking and driving,” Yapu said.