20 Mar 2013

Bougainville road accident claims seven lives

6:51 pm on 20 March 2013

A pregnant woman and her three children are among seven people confirmed dead in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville after their vehicle was swept away by floodwaters.

The Post Courier reports that the incident occurred at Rauravo River in the Kokoda constituency of Central Bougainville on Monday afternoon.

All seven were in a 10-seater Toyota Landcruiser ambulance belonging to a local health centre.

The four passengers who survived included the driver, a doctor, the husband of the pregnant woman and another woman.

The pregnant woman was due to give birth next month.

The paper reports the ambulance was found 300 metres down stream, stuck in a tree.

There has been extensive recent flooding in Bougainville and police have called for motorists to take extra precautions when negotiating river crossings.