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Bus veers off road

Litia Vulaidausiga
Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOURTEEN people ended up at the Lautoka Hospital yesterday morning after the bus they were travelling in veered off the road and hit an electricity pole before going into a ditch.

Police at the scene said the Nadi General Transport bus was commuting to Nadi and carrying 52 passengers when it had a punctured tyre and went off road at 7:55am.

One of those injured, Navineshni Lata, said a fellow female passenger was thrown through the window shield.

"The bus started shaking for a few minutes before the accident, we felt something was wrong with the left side," she said.

"The bus was full and the driver tried to figure out what was happening. We hit the post suddenly and a girl sitting in the front seat fell through the front window, and then the bus went into the ditch."

She said private vehicle owners helped relay them to the Lautoka Hospital.

Police divisional media liaison officer West Naina Ragigia said 14 passengers were treated for minor injuries and sent home.

"The bus had mechanical problems," she said.

The accident halted morning traffic as the bus was towed away from the area. A team from the Fiji Electricity Authority also scrambled to the scene to fix a damaged powerline.

The bus driver, 43-year old Pravin Singh, was taken in for questioning at the Lautoka Police Station.

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