AN early morning accident involving a bus and a single-cab truck at Lami has claimed the life of Wainadoi man, Joji Voli.
The 50-year-old, according to a police statement yesterday, was sitting in the front passenger seat next to the driver, with another passenger in the open tray.
The three were travelling from Wainadoi towards Suva when they were hit by the oncoming bus. Voli died instantly.
The accident which happened before 7am attracted people and caused a traffic jam from the Wainadoi turn-off through to Lami Town until about 8.30am.
The bus also sustained damage to its front right corner.
Witnesses said the accident was so loud it woke up neighbours, forcing them out of their homes.
Witnesses claim the second passenger, who was sitting in the open tray when the collision happened, flew right out of the tray on impact.
"It is alleged the driver (of the pick-up truck) swerved to avoid the vehicle travelling in front of him which had stopped to indicate it was turning into Vatuvia Road, and was unfortunately hit by the bus travelling from the opposite direction," explained police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro.