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Horror crash

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, May 01, 2014

ONE person is dead following a horrific accident along the Queens Road near Lomawai, Sigatoka, yesterday morning.

The tragedy occurred after a Toyota Hilux twin cab collided with a minibus carrying about eight passengers.

The minibus driver is under police guard at the Sigatoka Hospital.

The victim, a 27-year-old school teacher, died while being rushed to the Sigatoka Hospital. The injured include a 23-year-old school teacher, 43-year-old man, 50-year-old man and a 40-year-old school teacher who all sustained minor injuries and are admitted in stable condition at the Sigatoka Hospital.

An 18-year-old passenger had to be transferred to CWM Hospital in Suva with a dislocated knee.

Witness Mohammed Alim Dean said he was at his home when he heard a loud crash at about 10am.

"I ran outside to see what had happened and to my surprise I saw the twin cab driver coming out of his vehicle injured," Mr Dean recalled.

"The twin cab was travelling from Nadi towards Sigatoka and the minivan was coming from Sigatoka going towards Nadi when they collided," Mr Dean claimed, adding by the time he arrived at the scene, the minibus was in a the nearby slope.

Mr Dean said he ran down the slope to aid injured passengers in the minibus.

"All the passengers were outside the vehicle and they said they had tried to jump out after the impact and the vehicle had gone down the slope."

Mr Dean said vehicles travelling towards Nadi took the injured passengers to hospital before police arrived at the scene. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said those involved in the accident would be questioned once cleared by medical authorities.





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