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Bus-Carrier Crash

A young driver became the latest victim on Fiji roads after his carrier collided into a Pacific Transport Bus at Uciwai, Nadi, yesterday morning. Dead is 20-year-old driver Alfred Paul
17 Nov 2015 10:04
Bus-Carrier Crash
Accident at the Uciwai junction involving a carrier and a Pacific transport bus yesterday. The driver of the carrier died.

A young driver became the latest victim on Fiji roads after his carrier collided into a Pacific Transport Bus at Uciwai, Nadi, yesterday morning.
Dead is 20-year-old driver Alfred Paul and a mechanic is admitted at the Lautoka Hospital in a critical condition.
Onlookers claimed that the carrier was chased by a Land Transport Authority (LTA) patrol vehicle, however this was refuted by the LTA chief executive officer, Naisa Tuinaceva.
Dhan Pal, a sugarcane farmer staying opposite Uciwai Road junction claimed that the carrier was infront and a LTA patrol vehicle was chasing it along Uciwai Road.
He said the Pacific Transport Limited bus was travelling from Sigatoka to Nadi when the carrier coming out of the Uciwai Road crashed into the back of the bus.
Mr Tuinaceva said Mr Paul, a Provisional License holder, saw a checkpoint and sped before colliding into the oncoming bus.
“There was a checkpoint about 100 meters away and this driver saw it and for some reason he started speeding,” Mr Tuinaceva said.
“He tried to swing into the main road from the junction and that is when it collided into the bus.”
He said what happened was unfortunate, but denied claims that the carrier was chased by the LTA patrol vehicle.
“Police and LTA are conducting their operations and there are checkpoints which are meant for drivers to be within their speed limit,” Mr Tuinaceva said
“LTA does not chase vehicle drivers, we don’t do that.”
The accident happened metres from Mr Paul’s father-in-law, Anil Singh’s home.
“He had a severe cut on his heard and he was still breathing when I helped him out of the vehicle,” Mr Singh said.
“I had sent him to buy cigarette and to pick up our mechanic from Uciwai.
“He has a one-year-old daughter who was very close to her father and we do not know how we are going to fill in that gap,” he said.
Meanwhile, none of the 48 bus passengers were injured.
The road death toll stands at 60. From these 38 were a direct result of speeding.

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