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Two-bus smash

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SEVERAL students were injured yesterday in a collision between two buses in Suva.

The accident happened between buses of the Nasese Bus and Central Transport companies at the junction of Laucala Bay Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive after school.

Police said several students were taken to Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Some students who were passengers in the Nasese Bus said the music was very loud as they were returning home after school.

A student who did not want to be named said the music was so loud students could not hear each other talk.

The students also claimed the driver was talking on his mobile phone at the time of the accident.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said they were investigating.

"I can confirm that both were school buses of Nasese Bus and Central Transport and some students were injured in the accident," he said.

"We are still trying to determine how the accident happened. Police officers are at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital to determine how many students were injured."

Insp Sokomuri was not in a position to comment on the extent of injuries suffered by the students.

Land Transport Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said, "According to the briefing I have received, one of the bus drivers was talking on the mobile phone".

Mr Tuinaceva said the LTA had been holding a series of meetings with the Fiji Bus Operators Association with the view to improve bus operations.

The authority and police are carrying out investigations to determine the cause of yesterday's accident.





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