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Collision lands three in hospital as probe starts

Shayal Devi
Monday, April 21, 2014

THREE people have been hospitalised after a car accident in Nadi yesterday morning.

The trio were travelling in a car from Nadi towards the airport when the vehicle collided with a Kadar Buksh Limited Bus heading towards Nadi.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the accident happened along the Queens Rd just past the Votualevu Mobil service station towards the Nadi International Airport at 8am.

"A private vehicle driven by a man with two others, whilst travelling towards the airport, veered on to the right lane and collided with a bus which was heading to Suva to pick a special trip so it was empty at the time," she said.

"Both vehicles sustained extensive damage but the bus driver escaped serious injuries.

"The three in the other vehicle, however, were taken to Nadi Hospital. The front seat passenger received injuries and will be later transferred to Lautoka Hospital while the driver and the second passenger are under observation at Nadi Hospital.

"All three are alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol."

KBL bus driver Suman Chand escaped serious injuries after the early morning incident.

"I saw the vehicle coming very close and travelling in the wrong lane so I started to move the bus away from the vehicle," he said.

"Before I knew what was happening, the vehicle came and collided with the bus and then veered off the road.

"After the impact, the vehicle turned and faced towards Nadi, initially where it was coming from."

KBL Buses operations manager Faiyaz Ali said the bus in question sustained some damage.

"We will be sending the bus to P.A. Lal Coachworks to assess the damage done," he said.

Further investigations into the accident are continuing.

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