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‘I Thought We Were Going To Die’

Ravnil Chandra yesterday thanked God and rescuers for saving him and his two-year-old son from plunging to their death. “We are lucky to be alive today. I thought we were
01 Jun 2015 12:07
‘I Thought We Were Going To Die’

Ravnil Chandra yesterday thanked God and rescuers for saving him and his two-year-old son from plunging to their death.

“We are lucky to be alive today. I thought we were going to die,” the Omkar Rd, Narere, construction worker said in Hindi from his Colonial War Memorial Hospital bed.

He claimed they were victims of dangerous driving by two drivers street racing on Waimanu Road in Suva yesterday morning.

Mr Chandra and son Ayaan were travelling towards CWM hospital, Suva, to pick up his wife, nurse Vinita Kumar, who had finished night shift. He said their car was hit by another car travelling in the opposite direction on a bend.

He said the car allegedly failed to negotiate the bend and crossed the centre line as it chased another car at high speed.

He said the impact of the crash pushed their car off the road and down a cliff.

Luckily, the car was stopped by a boulder where it hung precariously. If it was not for the boulder, the car would have plunged to the bottom of the cliff and to their death, he said.

“Because of the situation I was in, I never thought I would come out alive. This is the first time an accident has happened to me,” he said.

“My hands and legs were shaking when I was stuck in the car and I was only thinking about my son. I could have got a heart attack.

‘I was trapped in the car and I had no idea whom to call but I called for help. A group of iTaukei people came to help me.

“There was no rope to pull us out. The rescuers held hands and pulled me and my son out of the car.”

Mr Chandra said that Ayaan fainted soon after the crash and he thought his son had died.

“When Meli took Ayaan out, my son began to cry so I was relieved,” he said.

Meli Soko is a form six student of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Memorial School. He was the first person to reach the accident scene. Mr Chandra thanked Meli and others for coming to their rescue.

“I am so thankful that my son has fewer injuries than me but he is still scared,” he said.

“I only drive at the speed of 40 km/h and when my son is with me.”

Meli said in iTaukei he saw the accident happen.

“These two cars were racing towards CWM Hospital way. The chaser could not handle the bend at high speed. He cut the bend and hit Mr Chandra’s car which veered off the road as a result and went down the cliff,” Meli said.

“I rescued the little boy and carried him to the top. It is also miracle that they did not suffer any serious injury. They were shocked. The boy was crying but that’s to be expected in a situation like that,” he said.

Meli joined Mr Chandra in condemning motorists who raced on streets. Police are investigating.

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