Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil has passed away

BREAKING (In Brief): Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil has passed away after succumbing to injuries in a fatal car accident.

Late: Sam Basil Bulolo MP, PNG Deputy PNG, Leader of Pangu Party

Statement from police commissioner David Manning

It is confirmed that Mr. Sam Basil the Deputy Prime Minister, and parliamentary member for Bulolo has succumbed to injuries he sustained in a vehicle collision along the Bulolo -Lae road earlier this evening.

Local police attended the accident site and immediately retrieved the Deputy Prime Minister and 3 other injured persons and transported them to Bulolo to seek medical attention at the Bulolo Health facility.

After hours of attempting to revive the late Deputy Prime Minister, he was pronounced clinically dead at 11:30 this evening.

“ It is with great sadness that I wish to regrettably inform the Prime Minister and the country of the death of our Deputy Prime Minister following severe injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident. I wish to also express my condolences to the late Mr Basil MP immediate family and the people of Bulolo electorate.”

“ I also wish to express my gratitude to the many people and organisations that responded to the incident “…” Police have commenced their investigations into the accident and have ascertained that a second vehicle was involved in the incident and the driver of this vehicle is known”

I appeal to any eyewitnesses to the incident to come forward to assist investigators in their investigations

“ I would like to appeal for calm during this time and allow the course of the investigations to be completed in a timely manner,” Commissioner Manning stated.

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