Government Vehicle Involved in Road Accident at Gerehu – Nine Mile Road

In yet another tragic road accident this afternoon, a government vehicle crashed into a power pole which saved it from colliding with the oncoming traffic after running off the road.

The incident, which occurred at around 3:50pm today (Friday, 12 January 2018), involved a Mazda Alexa with Government plate, ZGU 189.

An eyewitness who only wanted to be known as Nigel said he was driving on the opposite lane when this vehicle flipped and slammed into the power pole. Nigel said the car has Integrating Government Information Systems’ (IGIS) sticker on the doors and supposedly belongs to the IGIS.

“Fortunately, all on board escaped any serious injuries except for minor scratches and bruises.” Nigel told EMTV Online.

According to Nigel, there were four passengers in the vehicle including two male adults and two girls under 15 years of age.

Nigel said it could have been a mechanical problem as the road was clear and the vehicle was traveling freely then suddenly it swung to the right and flipped once before it airborne and slammed against the power pole.

“I was about 15 minutes away oncoming from the opposite lane. Behind me was a lone AFP officer who stopped and assisted as well.”

Noticing the sudden movement of the car in the front, Nigel had to slow down to watch where it was going as it was heading his direction when it flipped.

“The power pole stopped its motion and saved me”.

A similar accident occurred along the same road on Independence Day last year (2017) killing five people on board. Another account of an accident along this road was reported in NCD Alert Facebook group in December last year which involve a lone driver who was unharmed.

 

Image Credit: Nigel

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Elizah Palme

Elizah Palme

studied Chemistry at the University of Papua New Guinea and lists his best achievements as being President of UPNG Jiwaka Students Fellowship in 2015 and current Vice President of Jiwaka Students and Graduates Association, Inc.

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