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Student In Hospital After Train-Trailer Injury

Student In Hospital After Train-Trailer Injury
Dimere Vulaiqeti, 68, with Dimere Vulaiqeti six-years-old (back) and three-year-old Lusiana Taleba at their home at Batinikama, Labasa on August 30, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
September 01
10:00 2018


Grandmother hears that her grandson’s leg was amputated as a result of injuries.

A grandmother is extremely thankful after learning that her grandson is alive after his leg was trapped under the trail­er of a locomotive at Batinikama, Labasa on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim, Etuate Mariwa, had been walking along the tram­line when a locomotive approached them from behind.

Ms Naisoro said investigations continue.

“Instead of moving to the side, it is alleged they tried to outrun the lo­comotive whereby the victim’s flip flop got caught between the tracks,” Ms Naisoro said.

“It is alleged that while the loco­motive was passing the two, the victim used his right leg to try and retrieve his flip flop from between the passing trailer.

“His leg however got caught and was trapped under a trailer and he sustained injuries as a result.

“The victim was rushed to the Labasa Hospital where he is now admitted at the Children’s Ward,” she said.

Dimere Vulaiqeti, 68-year-old, who looks after her eight grandchil­dren, said the accident, occurred after school.

She said she was shocked to hear that her grandson’s right leg was amputated yesterday at the Labasa Hospital due to the accident.

“We have been hearing different sides of the story of how the acci­dent occurred.

“I am happy that he is alive and saddened to hear that his leg has been amputated,” she said.

She said that she has been looking after Etuate for six years after his parents filed for divorce.

“I was at home when my grand­daughter called to inform me about the accident. I was really scared and was praying for the safety of my grandson and the boy who lives around the neighbourhood,” Ms Vulaiqeti said.

“I was shocked with the news that I received from my granddaughter, I stood up and the first question I asked was if he was dead.

“But they said that he had been taken to the Labasa Hospital by a close relative.”

Ms Vulaiqeti sent prayers of thanks when she learned that her grandson was alive.

“What is important are the lives of people. All the items we lost can be replaced.

“I continue to thank God that my grandson is alive and safe,” she said.

“Every time I send one of my grandchildren to the shop, I remind them of their safety and to keep a look out for trains as it is crushing season and cars,” she said.

“This is a lesson not only for Etu­ate but for the children around La­basa,” she added.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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