Driver sought in five deaths vehicle crash

The driver of the truck involved in the death of five young students in Wewak yesterday is reportedly on the run.

The death and unconfirmed number of injured young people were returning from a Seventh Day Adventist Church gathering in Aitape when the fatal accident happened in Hawain.

East Sepik police boss Peter Philip was not able to give any information when contacted by Loop PNG this morning.

“We will be able to give more information after lunch, after police gather facts of the accident and interview survivors,” PPC Philip said.

He confirmed that the identity of the driver who escaped from the crash site is still unknown.  

With unconfirmed reports coming out of Wewak of many passengers facing life threatening injuries, police investigation of the survivors could wait for days to start.  

Loop PNG was unable to confirm with Wewak General Hospital chief executive officer Mark Mauludu on the number of students injured and if the death tally has increased since this story went online.

Picture source: Terence Moka

Charles Yapumi