50 admitted to Angau Hospital after Lae bus crash

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Bystanders at accident scene

Fifty  people  have been admitted to  Angau Hospital after the buses they were traveling on  crashed into each other  along  7th Street in Lae.

The passengers said  the driver of the bus traveling from  the town area was drunk.   He lost control and  drove into the oncoming lane crashing into the other town bound bus.  Police arrived on the  scene and  ferried some of the injured passengers to hospital.

Morris Isai was at the back the bus with his infant son and and nine-year-old daughter when the bus crashed.

“When the accident happened, I shielded by son,” he said.  “I was able to save him.  The girls who were sitting in the middle of the bus were not injured.”

Forty-five-year-old Nicholas Keponge,  broke his jaw and suffered other injuries to his head.  He was seated in front  when the impact happened.

Bus driver cut free from wreckage

One of the bus drivers was trapped for 20 minutes in the front cabin. Firefighters,  used a hydraulic jaw  to  cut open the cabin to free him.   This is the second accident in  36 hours.

On Saturday night police transported  seven passengers to Lae after a landcruiser which was flipped  several times when the driver tried to avoid hitting a pig long the Leron section of the highlands highway.