15 Jan 2010

PNG bus crash death toll rises to 43

5:37 pm on 15 January 2010

The death toll from Papua New Guinea's head-on bus crash has risen to 43.

The two 25-seater buses were reported to be overloaded when they crashed in the Markham Valley of Morobe Province on Tuesday.

Police say the two buses were speeding and the accident appears to have occurred when both drivers tried to avoid potholes.

The Post Courier newspaper says it has been told by police that one of the drivers wasn't licensed to drive a bus.