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Lakena Bus Accident: Minister Usamate Awaits LTA, Police investigations

Land Transport Authority is conducting its own investigations into the tragic accident that claimed the lives of two students.
11 Oct 2019 10:30
Lakena Bus Accident: Minister Usamate Awaits LTA, Police investigations
What was left of the Zakreen Holding Limited bus after being pulled out from the crash scene at Lakena Hill, Nausori, on October 9, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Land Transport Authority is conducting its own investigations into the tragic accident that claimed the lives of two students.

The crash, which happened on Wednesday, also landed others in hospital.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Jone Usamate, yesterday.

“I am aware of the accident that happened on Wednesday; however, we will wait for the Land Transport Authority to complete its investigations,” Mr Usamate said.

“We need to make sure that all buses on our roads meet safety standards that is needed to ensure safe public transportation.

“We want to see if it’s a one-off anomaly or if there is a general trend of something that persists throughout the country, we must attend to it.

“The LTA and other stakeholders will need to do their investigations first,” he added.

The minister sent his commiseration to the families of those who were involved and the two young children who died.

“It is a real tragedy and I feel for their families,” Mr Usamate said.

He confirmed that there would be regular updates on the tragic accident from relevant authorities.

The bus wreckage was brought to LTA’s head office in Nasinu for further investigations.

Police investigations have also started.

A school bus, after it was pulled out on Lakena Hill in Nausori on 9 October, 2019.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

A school bus, after it was pulled out on Lakena Hill in Nausori on 9 October, 2019.Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Edited by Percy Kean

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