Road accidents, killings claim 5

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A NASTY road accident and a spate of killings over the weekend have left five people dead in the nation’s capital.
Two people were killed and several others, including a seven-year-old child were hospitalised after a nasty road accident which occurred around midday yesterday along Waigani Drive in Port Moresby.
Reports from Pacific International Hospital (PIH) last night confirmed that a person seriously injured from the accident died at around 2pm yesterday.
PIH emergency staff said five others, including two children and the seven-year-old, were in critical condition. “The children, including two adults, have sustained bone and skull fractures and had undergone CT scans and X-rays to see the extent of the damages,” a nurse at the emergency division of the hospital said.
The nurse said he could not say whether the condition of the youngest victim, including two children, were stable.
He said doctors would determine whether to do surgeries on the victims after X-rays had been
taken and screened.
Port Moresby General Hospital accidents and emergency unit also reported one death last night from the road accident.
Accidents and emergency coordinator Dr Sam Yockopua said four people were admitted but one, a female in her mid-20s, died on arrival at the emergency wing.
Police could not give details of the accident.
However, eyewitnesses said a small sedan carrying four people was travelling at high speed when it collided with a Toyota Hilux with a pastor and his family inside who had just returned from a church service at 9-Mile.
The impact caused the driver of the Hilux to lose control and the car rolled over and landed forcefully on the other lane.
Meanwhile, a Grade 12 student from Jubilee Secondary School was among three people murdered last weekend.
Dr Yockapua confirmed that a young man died after a fight broke out between groups of students after school last Friday.
However, he could not confirm the other two deaths.
City metropolitan commander Chief Supt Fred Yakasa yesterday said the murders occurred at three different places, including Laloki in Central province.
Chief Supt Yakasa also confirmed a killing at Gabi village, Hanuabada, early on Saturday morning.
No other details were available.