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Samabula 5-Vehicle Crash

A major road accident at a Samabula intersection involving five vehicles yesterday afternoon held up traffic for over an hour. The accident happened at the main junction which connects Princes
13 Feb 2015 11:17
Samabula 5-Vehicle Crash
National Fire Authority, Police and medical personnel lift the body of the driver of the truck that was involved in a accident, at the junction of Princes Road and Edinburgh Drive in Samabula, Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

A major road accident at a Samabula intersection involving five vehicles yesterday afternoon held up traffic for over an hour.

The accident happened at the main junction which connects Princes Road, Ratu Mara Road, Waimanu Road and Edinburgh Drive in front of FNU’s Samabula campus.

No fatalities were recorded in the accident.

A fully loaded three-tonne truck, on its way down Princes Road appeared to have lost control, collided with a taxi and flattened the traffic light lamp post before tumbling over.

The truck, while falling on its side, allegedly hit another taxi at the intersection.

Onlookers said a third taxi and a private car were also damaged during the collision.

The owner of the taxi that was hit from behind, Daniel Singh informed the Fiji Sun that his driver sustained some minor injuries.

“Mr driver, Ritesh was injured and has been taken to the hospital,” Mr Singh said.

“He received some injuries to his leg.”

Mr Singh said according to the information received from his driver, the three ton truck was “speeding down the hill”.

“But I can’t confirm that, maybe his brake failed, I don’t know,” he said.

“My driver told me that the other vehicles were all stopped at the red light waiting for it to turn green when the truck just sped down the hill.

“It hit our taxi at the rear end and the car in front of mine managed to move on the side to make way but it was also slightly hit.”

At the scene, firefighters rescued the driver of the truck and he was transported to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after he was given First Aid.

Meanwhile, the father of the taxi driver, Arjun Singh, said it was high time a road hump was put along that junction.

“This is like the second major accident and something needs to be done,” he said.

“A road hump might just be the answer to prevent vehicles from speeding.”

Fortunately other passengers and drivers of the other vehicles did not sustain any injuries.

Police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed that the driver of the truck was hospitalised and no one else suffered any major injuries.

An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the accident.

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