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Three people died in an accident at the Col de la Pirogue [Mise à jour]

Four days after the terrible Mont-Dore accident, a new road tragedy occurred in New Caledonia. In Païta, the frontal impact between a pick-up and a light car on Wednesday night, in the Col de la Pirogue, caused the death of a boy of twelve and an adult man.


updated on May 14, 2020 at 12h03

[MISE À JOUR – Jeudi 11h15]

In the aftermath of the terrible accident which caused the death of a father and his son, the gendarmerie confirmed this Thursday morning, that the driver of the pick-up truck who moved into the left lane, died as a result of his injuries. He had been transported to the Médipôle in critical condition. The death toll on the road now stands at 22; a higher figure than in the last two years, at the same period.

fatal accident canoe pass may 2020


© Gaël Detcheverry

[Mercredi soir]

Two killed, and a third victim evacuated to the Médipôle in serious condition: a new road drama occurred, this time in Païta on RT1. This Wednesday evening around 7:30 p.m., a head-on collision took place between a pickup truck returning from Tontouta and a Kia Rio from Noumea. It caused the death of a father and his son, only a dozen years old.

One of the vehicles would have moved onto the other lane

The accident occurred during the descent of the Col de la Pirogue on the Tontouta side. According to the information gathered on site, the pick-up would have moved to the left lane. When help arrived, three people were in cardiac arrest. One of them was able to be resuscitated, and transported to the hospital.

Alternating circulation

fatal accident 2 col de la pirogue May 2020

fatal accident 2 col de la pirogue May 2020


© Gaël Detcheverry

The intervention, which lasted more than two hours, mobilized the firefighters of Païta, with the reinforcement of their colleagues from the airport and from Normandy. Or about twenty staff and six vehicles. The Smur was also on the spot, as well as the municipal police of the commune. The traffic was alternated.

Four days after Mont-Dore

The news, announced by the gendarmerie, comes as a triple collision on Saturday evening at Mont-Dore, on RP1 in the crossing of Saint-Louis, led to the death of four people and left nine others seriously injured. At this stage of the year, Caledonia deplores no less than 21 road fatalities.

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