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FSC: Man Crushed To Death By Locomotive

FSC: Man Crushed To Death By Locomotive
Deceased Sunia Mateiwai, 42, who was runover by a locomotive on a tramline in Labasa. Photo: Supplied.
July 10
14:01 2017

The Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) says it is conducting an internal investigation following the death of a 42-year-old man who was crushed by a locomotive in Labasa last Friday.

In a statement released by the FSC chief executive officer, Graham Clark, he said: “An internal FSC enquiry is underway. FSC will examine all operating procedures in order to identify all mitigating actions for future operations.”

Mr Clark explained what had happened on the day:

“On 7 July 2017 at approximately 4.45am, Locomotive No. 11 was travelling from the Labasa Mill to Vunimoli sector carrying empty rail trucks.

“The loco horn was “on” as usual when approaching a bridge,” Mr Clark said.

“The victim was sleeping on the rail tracks on the town end of the bridge. The loco had crossed the bridge with a few trucks when the driver noticed the person sleeping on the tracks, a few metres from the bridge end.

“The brake was applied but the loco could not be brought to a complete stop. The loco unavoidably crushed the victim who passed away at the scene.

“The rail pointsman rushed to the nearby Police post to report the matter. The deceased was removed by the Police.

“The pointsman and the loco driver were interrogated by the Police and a full Police investigation is underway.

“FSC passes its sincere condolences to the accident victim’s family.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were awaiting the post-mortem examination results.

The victim, Sunia Mateiwai, is survived by his wife Urmila Devi and three children.

It is also alleged that Mateiwai was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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