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Family In Hospital After Car Ends In Cane Field

Family In Hospital After  Car Ends In Cane Field
FijiFirst party candidate Rohit Sharma.
October 12
10:27 2015

A family of four was rushed to the Lautoka hospital after the twin cab they were travelling in registration number CP925 landed in a sugarcane field.

This was after a Kadar Buksh Limited Bus (KBL) hit the rear of the vehicle yesterday.

The injured included cane farmer Simione Nailiwanigata and Laniana Nailiwanigata in their 50s along with their 16- year-old son and 4-year-old granddaughter of Vakabuli Village, Lautoka.

When contacted yesterday KBL Lautoka branch operations manager Faiaz Ali refused to comment.

Police Spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed the incident.

“The accident happened at 11am when the driver of the bus was trying to overtake the other vehicle,” he said.

“The other vehicle passed and that’s when the bus hit the back causing it to go off-road.”

He said the couple were still admitted at the Lautoka hospital while the two children have been treated and sent home.

“The driver was taken to the station and tested where he was found to be drunk. He is still in custody as investigations continue,” Inspector Sokomuri said.

“We advise public service vehicle drivers not to drink and drive ,you have your passengers’ lives in your hands.”

Semisi Naliva, who helped carry the four injured out of the vehicle said: “The bus was speeding and trying to drive past the twin cab, the impact made the twin cab hit an electrical post, fly and land in the cane field.

“The driver should have helped the injured family, those who saw what happened wanted to beat him up,  that’s why he just drove off.”

He said the 16-year-old boy was standing in the tray of the back of the twin cab and jumped from the moving vehicle.

“The boy ended up on the road still oblivious and dizzy. His first thought was to try and save his parents. A man lifted him and took him to hospital with his other family members.”

Mr Naliva said the 4-year-old was not seriously injured even though she was sitting in the front seat with her grandmother.

“When we found them, the woman was unconscious but had her arms wrapped around the youngest one to protect her,” he said.

“The 16-year-old received deep injuries on his arms and face but the woman and man suffered serious injuries on their heads and faces,” Mr Naliva said.

Meanwhile, 45-year–old Mereani Bale was emotional as she described how she received the news of her elder sister involved in the accident.

“They left early in the morning at 6am to do their shopping, but we were shocked when we got the call they were rushed to hospital,” she said.

“When we drove past the scene people were standing around, so we just collected my sister’s belongings and went to the hospital.”

Ms Bale said she hoped her sister and family would recover soon.




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