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Pair Escapes Near Death Accident

Two men are counting their lucky stars after their car was crushed by a container that fell off a container truck at the Edinburgh Drive roundabout in Suva yesterday afternoon.
01 Apr 2016 11:27
Pair Escapes Near Death Accident
National Fire Authority first respondent team rescued a driver from the wreckage after a container falloff a truck crashing a private car at Edinburgh drive yesterday afternoon. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Two men are counting their lucky stars after their car was crushed by a container that fell off a container truck at the Edinburgh Drive roundabout in Suva yesterday afternoon.

Krishneel Narayan, a staff member of APCO Paints, was travelling towards Suva when a container truck allegedly failed to negotiate the roundabout that resulted in the container falling on his car.

The truck belonging to Bale Investment Company Limited was on its way back from loading Fiji Water from their yard in Lami and was on its way to the Kings Wharf when the accident happened.

Nilesh Singh, a taxi driver was exiting from the car park next to the Skaff Works office when he saw the container truck trying to negotiate the bend at the roundabout.

“The container truck turned and on the side was the brown car, it turned but the container from the truck flipped and fell and went sideways with the truck,” Mr Singh said.

“The container then fell on the small car so we ran towards the car and heard someone calling for help so we managed to pull out from the door at the passenger seat.”

He said that from the severity of what he witnessed of the accident he thought both were dead.

“We tried to go to the driver’s seat to get him (the driver) but the container was on the small car so we couldn’t do anything more.”

The accident took place at about 3.45pm.

The driver was pulled out from the vehicle at 5pm following rescue efforts by the National Fire Authority and Police.

Meanwhile, Police director traffic, Senior Superintendent of Mahesh Mishra said there was no fatality in the accident.

SSP Mishra has also issued a stern warning to heavy truck drivers that they had additional responsibilities while on the road.

“This is in terms of carrying goods, cargos or containers,” SSP Mishra said.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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