Three ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers in Australia have died and two others were admitted at Innisfail Hospital in Queensland, Australia, after the van they were in collided head-on with a semi-trailer on the highway.

The fatal incident reportedly occurred on Saturday morning.

This was confirmed to the Daily Post by a reliable source early Saturday morning, just hours after the reported accident.

Later on Saturday, a statement was issued by the Employment Service Unit of the Labour Department on the tragic incident.

“It is with sadness to inform the nation that three ni-Vanuatu Seasonal Workers (SWP) lost their lives in a car crash this morning ( Saturday 24th June, 2017) sometime around El Arish of Queensland Australia, on Bruce Highway.

“The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the fatal traffic crash which happened around 2.30am, which sees a semi-trailer travelling south on the Bruce Highway and a mini-bus travelling north were involved in a head-on collision.

“Five SWP Vanuatu workers were on the mini-bus.

“The driver and two of the passengers were declared deceased at the scene and their remains are in Cairns Mortuary.

“Their names are: Malas Ioan, from Mele Village, Shefa Province; Kere Bridly, Lolovele Village, Ambae, Penama Province; and Vantegon Elten Bong Veta, Baiap Village, Ambrym, Malampa Province.

“The two other workers who were also involved in the accident are Charlie Seule and Etienne Malep,” the statement by the Employment Services Unit, Department of Labour, stated. READ MORE