Woman dies, man critical and 14 hurt in accident

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A WOMAN died and a man was seriously injured in an accident involving two PMV buses in Port Moresby on Friday morning.
Robert Wales, an Australian paramedic, said they received a call from someone at the scene at around 6.20am and a team from the St John Ambulance was dispatched in three ambulances.
Wales said they arrived at the scene and transported six people to Port Moresby General Hospital.
“A young woman died, a man is in critical condition and four others received various degrees of injuries,” Wales said.
He said the youngest patient they transported to hospital was a 11 years old.
“Five other victims who received minor injuries in the accident later presented themselves at the hospital,” Wales said.
He said they couldn’t identify the victims because there were a lot of bystanders at the scene, so they had to call out to the victims to come forward to be taken to the hospital.
They also could not confirm the number of people involved in the accident.
“We only brought five victims, including the deceased woman, to the hospital and five others presented themselves later.”
A witness said that a 15-seater bus (Route 200) was travelling from Vision City towards the Waigani-Gordon traffic lights when it collided with an oncoming 25-seater Coaster bus (Route 6) which was on its way to Hohola from Gordon.
According to the witness, Brian, who asked not to be identified by his surname, said the Coaster bus spun 360 degrees before flipping three times.
“The scene is very traumatising, the bus spun like it was doing a fast and furious drift,” he said.
The accident caused a traffic jam. The police and the fire service arrived later at the scene.
St John Ambulance chief superintendent and director operations Rigona Rita said: “Whenever there is an accident, people should always call the St John Ambulance toll free numbers 111 or 7111 1234.”

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