THE police have expressed concern at two fatal accidents that happened within 24 hours of each, killing three people in the Western Division on Thursday.
The fatal accidents have taken the road death toll up to 24, two less than this time last year.
Spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the police were again pleading with motorists to be careful on the roads.
She said the first incident happened on Navutu Road in Lautoka which involved a private car.
"The driver of a private vehicle hit a man who suddenly crossed the road. The man was rushed to Lautoka Hospital but died at 9pm.
"The accused is in custody."
Ms Naisoro said the second accident happened along the Queens Road at Sovi Bay at 6.30pm involving a private vehicle and a government vehicle.
She said the driver of a private vehicle lost control of his vehicle before it ran on to the opposite lane and into the government vehicle. "The impact of the collision resulted in the government vehicle tumbling about five or six times on the highway and catching fire when the passengers were taken out.
"The passengers were conveyed to the Sigatoka Hospital where the driver of the government vehicle and the front seat passenger were pronounced dead on arrival.
"The rest of the passengers were treated and sent home.
She said the driver of the private vehicle was in police custody.
Ms Naisoro said motorists had been urged to be careful because innocent lives were at risk.
"Police are once again pleading with motorists to exercise caution when out on our roads.
"Plan your activities wisely to prevent speeding and ensure you travel within the speed limit. We are requesting this especially at this time as there will be a lot of movement of people along the highways."