Markham

Markham collision: Lae MP sends sympathies

The MP says while road conditions are often responsible for road accidents, it is avoidable if drivers are careful.

He says it’s about drivers driving safely, carefully and within the speed limits.

With sketchy facts, the MP did not want to comment further.

The road accident on Saturday caused 7 deaths and 21 injuries, with 4 people still admitted at the hospital and 1 in critical condition.

It was the result of a collision between a 15-seater PMV bus and a five door vehicle travelling up to Nadzab.

Hospital records over 30 vehicle accident casualties

21 patients were from the Nasuapum, Markham accident on Saturday.

The hospital confirmed 7 deaths from that tragic vehicle accident.

Four victims – three female and the driver of the bus – are currently admitted at the hospital.

The driver is in critical condition.

Apart from this, the hospital also received 4 casualties from a vehicle accident in Ramu, 4 casualties from an accident in Mumeng and 7 casualties from a road accident in Bulolo.

No confirmed deaths have been reported from these three accidents.

Several dead in nasty Markham collision

Morobe Provincial Police Commander, Augustine Wampe confirmed the accident happened this morning.

Around 7 people have reportedly died after a 15-seater PMV bus collided with a five door vehicle travelling up to Nadzab.

PPC Wampe says details of the accident are sketchy at the moment but he will reveal specifics later on in the day.  

He says he is still waiting for the full report from the Highway Patrol unit that responded to the accident.  

(A picture from witnesses showing the crumpled up 15-seater bus with a few victims still inside)

​Smooth polls for Markham

However, in some places, people allow the democratic process of election to proceed without any grievances and one such area is Markham district in Morobe Province.

Former MP for Markham Andrew Baing, who is re-contesting the seat he lost in 2007, said it is the people’s right to go to polls.

“Going to polls is the people’s democratic right and they must not be intimidated or forced on who to vote for.”

Baing described polling in Markham as peaceful and conducted in an orderly manner.

​K250m for small scale farmers: Polye

Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye arrived at 10.30am today (Sunday) in Papua village of Markham district to yet another rousing welcome.

Polye travelled to the village in a chopper following the completion of his three-day campaign trail in the Eastern Highlands province.

He was there not only to endorse his candidate for Markham Open, Dr. Warima Pomuso, but to launch his election campaign as well. 

Addressing locals at the village, he assured them that he would like to see the whole valley being commercialised into an agriculture zone.