Man lands in hospital after collision

DRIVERS have been warned not to drive carelessly this festive season.

This after two accidents were allegedly caused by careless drivers in the Western Division.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said it seemed to be sheer negligence on the part of the drivers, particularly with the two accidents recorded in the past 48 hours.

The two accidents occurred in Ra and Nadi.

In the first incident, a mother and child died in Nanuku settlement in Ra when the private car driven by a 21-year-old veered off road resulting in the two victims being thrown out of the vehicle. The victims died at the scene.

In the second incident, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision near Sabeto in Nadi yesterday.

Ms Naisoro said a rental car and an LPG vehicle was involved in the collision.

She said the driver of the LPG vehicle allegedly drove on to the wrong lane and hit the oncoming rental. She said the three passengers in the rental vehicle were taken to the Nadi Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

She said the driver of the LPG car was seriously injured and admitted at Nadi Hospital.

Those two accidents have sparked fresh calls from police.

“Drivers and road users need to be aware that failure to follow road rules will ultimately result in more accidents occurring,” said Ms Naisoro.

“The rules are there for a reason and that is to protect the interest and wellbeing of every individual.

“Once they defy these, then there will continue to be accidents and this is evident with the increasing number of speeding-related accidents.”

The country’s death toll stands at 46 compared with 55 for the same period last year.