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Nadi Bus Crash Will Be Forever Etched in Passenger’s Mind

The 7am bus trip was carrying passengers including students while the other bus was empty when the incident happened.
03 Oct 2019 10:45
Nadi Bus Crash Will Be Forever Etched in Passenger’s Mind

The image of an oncoming bus colliding with the bus Sunia Waqa was travelling in will be etched in his mind forever.

The 23-year-old security officer who was a victim and witness to the freak accident at Votualevu in Nadi, yesterday, says he is grateful to be alive.

Mr Waqa was sitting behind the driver when the incident happened yesterday.

The 7am bus trip was carrying passengers including students while the other bus was empty when the incident happened.

Mr Waqa who had minor injuries from the incident said he was lucky that he was not badly injured.

“When the accident happened, my jaw jarred against the window.

“Luckily, I grabbed my seat or I would have been badly injured. Both the buses were going fast and that is why they collided at the sharp bend.

“The other bus was empty but our bus was full and even had some passengers standing,” he said.

Shahabud Dean Transport bus collided with West Bus Transport in Nadi on October 2, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Shahabud Dean Transport bus collided with West Bus Transport in Nadi on October 2, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Swami Vivekananda College Year 11 student Mere Catanasiga echoed similar sentiments of being grateful.

“I thought it was going to be the end for some of us in the bus but I thank God that we were all okay.

“There was a little girl whom I believe was in Year Two who was sitting next to me.

“When the incident happened I saw that she was crying and her nose was bleeding. I tried to comfort her and calm her down.

From left, Sunia Waqa and Mere Catanasiga. Photo: Mereleki Nai

From left, Sunia Waqa and Mere Catanasiga. Photo: Mereleki Nai

“We started a conversation and I asked for her parents’ number and she gave me her mother’s number. I called her mother and told her we were on our way to the hospital,” Ms Catanasiga said.

Sub Divisional Medical Officer (SDMO) Nadi Dr Abdul Shah confirmed that 15 passengers were treated at the hospital with minor injuries and sent home.

Police investigations are continuing.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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Shahabud Dean Transport bus collided with West Bus Transport in Nadi on October 2, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Shahabud Dean Transport bus collided with West Bus Transport in Nadi on October 2, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

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