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Taveuni Fatal Crash: It Happened So Fast, Survivor Reveals

A survivor of the crash that left one person dead in Taveuni, says everything happened in the blink of an eye. Paula Nabukavou said he lost consciousness after that. He
02 Dec 2019 17:54
Taveuni Fatal Crash: It Happened So Fast, Survivor Reveals
The 12 wheeler truck that collided with the twin-cab at Taveuni on November 30, 2019. Inset: Adi Losalini Rararvuya

A survivor of the crash that left one person dead in Taveuni, says everything happened in the blink of an eye.

Paula Nabukavou said he lost consciousness after that. He was one of the five passengers on board a twin-cab that collided head-on with a 12-wheeler truck in Taveuni on Saturday. The 32-year-old suffered a few scratches and a dislocated right hip.

“Now, I am still recollecting the things that happened before the accident, but I am forever grateful that I am still alive,” he said.

Mr Nabukavou was accompanied by his younger brother, Onny William, from Taveuni to the Labasa Hospital after the doctor on the island assessed his condition as serious.

He will have a hip surgery performed today, with the help of some visiting specialists from Australia.

Also transferred to the Labasa Hospital from Taveuni are the driver, Bukanisa Naivalu, 56, and his six-year-old son, Bete Naivalu, who is in the Intensive Care Unit with a broken jaw as well. As a result of the impact Mr Naivalu suffered injuries to his head and internal organs including two broken fingers in his left hand.

The 12 wheeler truck that collided with the twin-cab at Taveuni on November 30, 2019

The 12 wheeler truck that collided with the twin-cab at Taveuni on November 30, 2019

Mr William said he was informed by a relative about his brother’s accident and made his way to the hospital, where he was requested by the doctor to accompany Mr Nabukavou for further treatment at the Labasa Hospital.

“Everyone is still shocked right now, and my cousin Buka (driver) and his son (Aminio Naivalu) have yet to know of the passing of his wife,” Mr William said.

“Aminio was seated at the front seat next to his father (driver) while the other three passengers were seated in the back seat,” he said.

The vehicle that was involved in a head on collision with a 12 wheeler truck In Taveuni on November 30,2019.

Police said the alleged incident occurred along the North Coastal Road in Vacala, Taveuni, on Saturday at around 10am.

Adi Losalini Raravuya, 38, died instantly. Mr Naivalu’s son, Aminio, 18, only suffered some scratches on his arm and was later released after being treated at the Taveuni Hospital. Police investigations continue.

The road death toll currently stands at 55 compared to 65 for the same period last year.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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