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Bang, then down went the bus ...

Nasik Swami
Thursday, May 29, 2014

DIFFICULT, often life-threatening situations tend to bring out the hero in individuals, and yesterday's horrific bus crash was no exception.

The first person on the scene was a passer-by who saw the entire incident happen. Without a moment of hesitation, the brave security guard ran down the hill to help save the trapped little children.

Although admittedly, the Tovata resident, Semi Korovulavula, told this newspaper it was a sight he hoped he would never have to see again.

Mr Korovulavula said he was walking home from work when he saw the bus coming down Kubukawa Rd.

"The bus was travelling normally. All of a sudden I heard a big bang," he said.

Mr Korovulavula said as soon as he heard the bang, he rushed to the scene and saw the bus carrying schoolchildren had crashed after tearing down a slope.

"I don't know what happened to me but all of a sudden I felt this need to get in the bus and start taking the students out.

"They were lying everywhere with serious injuries. Some were on the floor, some on the grass, some stuck to the trees — two were under the bus," he said.

Mr Korovulavula said some of the students had their hands and legs broken, some had deep cuts while some were just simply screaming in shock.

"The iron rods around the seats pierced the body parts of some of the students. Some had big cuts on their heads and some were unconscious," he said.

Mr Korovulavula said he shouted for help from the villagers and stopped passing vehicles to get the students transported to hospital.

"I did not care about anyone.

"I just slowly took the students out of the bus and put them in passing cars and taxis."

Mr Korovulavula said members of the Wakanisila Rugby Club also assisted in removing the children from the bus.

Another eyewitness who preferred anonymity said the bus driver could have lost control of the vehicle.

"The buses servicing this area are pathetic," he said.

"The bells don't work, they are like junk machines working the roads."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said investigations had begun.


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