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Passengers Trapped Inside Bus After Kings Road Crash

About 20 passengers were trapped inside a Nair Transport Co. Ltd bus after it was involved in a crash with another bus and two private vehicles. The incident occurred along
25 Jan 2020 11:08
Passengers Trapped Inside Bus After Kings Road Crash
National Fire Authority officers assist passengers as they exit from the Nair Transport bus. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

About 20 passengers were trapped inside a Nair Transport Co. Ltd bus after it was involved in a crash with another bus and two private vehicles.

The incident occurred along Kings Road outside Nasinu while the bus was on its way to Suva yesterday.

Sulueti Naibu and Lusiana Rorovanace, who were sitting closest to the driver, said it happened so fast because the bus was travelling at a high speed.

“Our driver tried to divert from the KR Latchan bus that was already in an accident with the other two cars, but it happened so fast that the impact was so great that it forced the damaged front portion of the bus backwards to block the entrance and trap passengers inside,” Ms Naibu said.

“I am still in shock and my fervent plea to drivers is to please drive slowly and carefully along this stretch, especially when trying to overtake other vehicles,” Ms Rorovanace, another passenger, said.

“Our driver told us that if he had not turned the bus the other direction, the passengers sitting in the front would have died or sustained serious injuries.”

National Fire Authority officers assist passengers as they exit from the Nair Transport bus. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

National Fire Authority officers assist passengers as they exit from the Nair Transport bus. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga.

Eye witnesses said the private car had stopped in the middle of the road with its hazard lights turned on while the second vehicle waited behind it.

However, due to the high speed of the KR Latchan bus it bumped into the two vehicles causing the Nair Transport Co. Ltd bus to crash into it.

The National Fire Authority and Police were at the scene to control traffic and help all the passengers out. Passengers were safe and no one was seriously injured. A few who suffered shock opted to be taken to the hospital for a routine examination.

Edited by Percy Kean

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