Fiji Time: 12:23 PM on Thursday 23 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65150.6325
JPY 54.965751.9657
GBP 0.39020.3822
EUR 0.45250.4405
NZD 0.69980.6668
AUD 0.63970.6147
USD 0.49090.4739

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. FRU has final say
  2. Landowners demand $20m compensation from State
  3. Sugarcane farmers' petition disallowed
  4. Residents want local TV coverage
  5. Sandalwood trees for villages 'historic'
  6. Village needs $1m to move
  7. A-G clears the air on Fiji-India codeshare
  8. Parts puzzle at FSC
  9. 'Surge' in dengue fever
  10. CORRECTION

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shock after brutal attack Tuesday (21 Mar)
  2. Students sent home Tuesday (21 Mar)
  3. Man rapes wife, jailed Tuesday (21 Mar)
  4. Villagers complain of 'red' sea Friday (17 Mar)
  5. Uni urges Fijians to apply for NZ grants Monday (20 Mar)
  6. Staff share $6m Friday (17 Mar)
  7. Concerns over explicit online pictures Tuesday (21 Mar)
  8. RKS retains Tailevu Zone title Wednesday (22 Mar)
  9. Minister issues maternity benefits warning Tuesday (21 Mar)
  10. Stars back Tuesday (21 Mar)