THIRTY people were rushed to the Labasa Hospital after they sustained injuries after the bus they were travelling in collided head-on with an oncoming twin cab near the Nasekula Bridge in Labasa yesterday morning.
The incident that created a long queue of traffic was described as a 'horrific' one by victims as some of them sat in shock while others jumped out of the bus after they noticed flames from the engine compartment.
Ministry of Health acting permanent secretary Doctor Josefa Koroivueta confirmed that out of the 30 victims treated at the hospital, 26 were school students.
"The victims were treated and all students have been sent back home," he said.
"Two children between the ages of two to three years old and their mother who were in the twin cab are still admitted. Another woman is admitted with chest injury and open wound to her right knee and she is probably the only one that needs very close observation," he said.
Dr Koroivueta said the woman would need an operation on her knee after they treated her neck and chest.
"The kids are under observation but there was no evidence of fractures seen on x-rays, only soft tissue injuries. Their mother who was the driver, is also under close observation because of multiple soft tissue injuries and suspected neck fracture," he said.
The situation has prompted police to issue a stern warning for motorists to be alert and adhere to road rules at all times to prevent unnecessary accidents.
Police spokeswomen Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident and said about 30 students were rushed to hospital for medical treatment.
"The students were taken to the hospital for observation and treatment," Ms Naisoro said. "Right now, we are still in the initial stages of investigation and we will be able to release relevant information once a full report is made."
Ms Naisoro said it was only proper for motorists to follow simple road rules not only for their own safety but for others as well.