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Teacher: I saw my brother dead

Horrific mini-bus crash kills one, hurts six in Sigatoka Sheik Dean nadi A school teacher yesterday described how he saw his blood-splattered brother dead at an accident scene in Sigatoka.
01 May 2014 09:39

Horrific mini-bus crash kills one, hurts six in Sigatoka

Corporal Miliano Tuilawaki inspects the mini-bus involved in an accident at Maro, Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

Corporal Miliano Tuilawaki inspects the mini-bus involved in an accident at Maro, Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

Sheik Dean
nadi
A school teacher yesterday described how he saw his blood-splattered brother dead at an accident scene in Sigatoka.
Shamal Kumar of Nabila Primary School said he could not believe his eyes that Shelvin, 27, a Tuva Primary School teacher, was dead.
A few moments earlier the brothers were in a mini-bus approaching Maro at about 11am.
Shamal said he watched in horror as the mini-bus tumbled on its side down the slope after a failed attempt to overtake another vehicle.
“It happened like a lightning strike. All of a sudden we found ourselves lying on the ground,’’ he said.
“It was a horrific scene to see my brother covered in blood after he was thrown out of the mini-bus. He died on the spot”
Shamal was still shaken after he was discharged from Sigatoka Hospital.
“My brother lost his life on the spot because of the injuries he sustained from the accident. He was the sole bread winner for the family for the past seven years,’’ he said.
He said he  was lucky to escape death.
Shelvin is survived by wife Robina Maharaj who is expecting their first child next month.
He said they boarded the mini-bus at the Natadola junction and minutes later tragedy struck.
“The mini-bus driver overtook another vehicle and collided with the oncoming four-wheel drive,” he said
The mini-bus driver tried to avoid the head-on collision but it was a little late and the four-wheel drive struck the side of the minibus.
“Due to the impact of the collision, the side door of the mini-bus came off and stuck onto the four wheel drive.
Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the mini-bus was heading towards Nadi with six passengers when the incident occurred.
“Other passengers of the mini-bus, a 23-year-old man, 43-year old man, 50-year old man and another 40-year old school teacher all sustained minor injuries and are all admitted in stable condition at the Sigatoka Hospital.
“An 18-year-old passenger had to be transferred to CWM Hospital for a dislocated left knee,’’ Ms Naisoro said.
She said the 44-year-old mini-bus driver was under police guard at the Sigatoka Hospital.
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