Bus veers off road, students unhurt
By ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA
A bus loaded with school students veered off the road and into a ditch at Nasese last Friday.
The driver allegedly lost control of the bus, carrying more than 60 students. The driver of the bus, owned by Shore Buses Limited, who chose to remain anonymous admitted the bus was overloaded.
Responding to the driver’s comment, bus company director, Jasper Singh, said the bus was overloaded because of the driver’s negligence.
“The bus had a notice that stated it should not pick students that are going be dropped off in Suva, but, to carry only those living in the Lami area.
“He was consistently warned not to overload the bus but he still did not listen,” Mr Singh said.
Divisional Police Commander Southern Senior Superintendent, Parinappa Goundar, who was at the accident scene confirmed there were 65 passengers in the bus when the accident happened. “The bus was carrying students from Draiba Fijian School, Marist Brothers High School, and Veiuto Primary School on its way to Lami.
“The driver lost control of the bus and then later landed in the ditch but no one was injured,” he said.
Senior Superintendent Goundar said that police investigations on the accident continued.
“I urge bus drivers to be vigilant when carrying school children and to be careful on the road so that incidents like this do not happen,” he said.