Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 5:12 AM on Thursday 31 July

/ 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.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Iliesa Delana explains
  2. Help pours in
  3. Love from within
  4. Gaskell on trial for the murder of his Fijian wife
  5. Plea to save school
  6. Parents thank lucky stars
  7. Focus remains on education
  8. Call for intervention
  9. No water, no school
  10. Roadworks

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  2. Illegal Fijians in Tonga Friday (25 Jul)
  3. Hero's tale Tuesday (29 Jul)
  4. 10 degrees lowest yet Monday (28 Jul)
  5. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  6. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)
  7. Groenewald: Brutality video under investigation Thursday (24 Jul)
  8. Tafunai confident Friday (25 Jul)
  9. Sevens schedule revealed Thursday (24 Jul)
  10. Misleading phone deals Monday (28 Jul)