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Passengers escape uninjured as driver falls asleep

Samuel Berenyi
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TWELVE minivan passengers had a close shave with death when their driver fell asleep behind the wheel of his minivan at 8am on Friday.

The driver was on his way to Suva from Lautoka when he fell asleep behind the wheel along Queen Elizabeth Dr outside Fiji Gas and the Suva Corrections Centre, leading to a collision with a taxi after he merged into the flow of oncoming traffic.

Upon questioning, the driver of the mini van told police he fell asleep, leading to the collision.

"The mini-van driver was heading to Suva, as soon as he reached here he fell asleep," said Anand Persad, the owner of the taxi, who was called to the scene by the driver.

Of the 12 passengers in the mini-van, only one woman sustained minor injuries. The taxidriver also obtained minor injuries to his head which hit the windscreen.

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