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Survivor tells of horror ride

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, May 30, 2014

A SURVIVOR of Wednesday's bus accident is calling on the Land Transport Authority to ensure that public service vehicles are thoroughly checked so that innocent lives are not affected.

Viliame Tucake, 33, will now have to spend the next six to eight weeks in hospital as a result of injuries suffered from the early morning accident which also affected 35 students.

"I got on the bus from Tovata and some students had stopped the bus before us however the driver didn't stop," Mr Tucake said.

"He stopped where we were standing and when we got into the bus, I saw him filling the brake oil into the brake fluid component.

"Upon leaving Tovata, we could tell that something was wrong as he was going at a certain rate and all I could sense was the bus rolling down a slope."

He explained he had to take cover under a bus seat to protect himself and when he got up again, the bus was in a mess and he could see the Wakanisila community members helping the injured victims.

He said by this time, both his ankles were seriously injured.

"The Wakanisila Rugby Club boys came to assist in moving the bus so that some children were taken from where they were lying down.

"I wish to thank the community for their quick responses and assistance for without them I guess some of us victims would have seriously suffered.

"I believe this is the first serious incident to happen on this road. LTA officers need to check PSV vehicles properly as it affects public vehicles and I could tell by the way this bus was damaged as it was totally ripped off."

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