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Bus slides downhill

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, February 11, 2013

A GROUP of passengers are thanking God for saving their lives after the bus they were travelling on slid down a hill and pushed to the side of the road by thick soggy mud at Buca Bay.

The passengers who returned from Taveuni last Thursday were on their way to Labasa when the incident happened on a hill near Loa Village, Cakaudrove.

Sanjay Chand, a passenger said the bus slid to the side of the road as it moved over a soggy portion.

"When the bus slid down the hill, the driver took control of the bus and turned towards the dry part of the road and our bus turned right back up towards the hill," he said. "When the bus stopped, the passengers were screaming because we were a metre away from a hill that had a lot of bamboo trees."

Another passenger Akisi Lewaono said the three-minute experience was frightening.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive Neil Cook said the Buca Bay Rd was inspected a week ago and found to be in serviceable condition.

"The nature of unsealed roads is that they can change quickly, especially after rain with heavy traffic on them," he said.

"Crews have been on site since Thursday morning and will continue until work is complete."

Attempts to obtain comments from the bus company proved futile.