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February 25, 2021

3 Dead, 69 Injured In Morobe Crash

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Three people  are dead and  more than 60 others seriously injured after an accident on a road leading to the MMJV project site outside of Lae.

Most of those injured were children aged between the ages of 5 and 17 heading back to Gebensis  after a Sunday School camp. 


This morning,  Angau hospital’s  accident and emergency section was filled to capacity.   Sixty-nine adults and children  are being treated for various injuries.  All of them have been traumatized by their ordeal.


One 7-year-old boys  who is   fortunate to be alive is nursing severe bruises to his head  and body.   He was thrown against the side of the vehicle.  His mother  also survived but with  more serious injuries to her face.


Outside the hospital, relatives  gathered. Many  torn by the news. As others expressed some relief that their children  had survived, there was none for the woman  who lost the three members of her family.


Villagers have been  angered by responses from MMJV security. They said the rescue could have happened earlier, but they had to argue with the company security for at least an hour before they were let in.  By then the first injured victims had already made their way to the gates.


The response by provincial authorities has been swift despite communication problems.  The governor sent out text  messages at two  in the  alerting all concerned  to assist with ambulances and fuel  to ferry the injured.


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