Potholes cause of deaths

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday 19th September 2012

POTHOLES on the Highlands Highway have been blamed as the cause of a traffic accident in which two people died in Goroka Eastern Highlands, last weekend.
Police said the two were travelling in a vehicle heading to Goroka town which was forced into the wrong lane to avoid potholes when it collided with a truck.
The truck was coming from town carrying passengers, returning from the Goroka show.
The impact of the collision forced their passengers to fly out of the vehicle and onto the road.
They died before being taken to the Goroka Base Hospital.
Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Supt John Kale confirmed the accident.
He however did not reveal their identities, pending the completion of police traffic accident report which will determine the cause of the accident.
He also confirmed an attack on two women accused of sorcery over the death of an elderly man at Banana Block settlement last Friday night.
Quick action by police saved them from further torture. Kale said they sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Goroka Base Hospital.
He said apart from the two incidents, it was an otherwise peaceful weekend in Goroka.
“Apart from these incidents, I praise the people of Eastern Highlands and visitors to the Goroka Show for observing a peaceful Independence Day celebration.”
Kale commended his hardworking policemen and the support of a Mobile Squad 8 unit from Kerowagi in Chimbu.