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12 in Hospital After Nasole Car Crash

“We were just arguing about that when we saw the hybrid vehicle flew over into Nasole road and land just a few metres away from where we were standing.” She said it was like watching a Hollywood movie.
14 Sep 2020 11:44
12 in Hospital After Nasole Car Crash
Bulou Litia Suluaqalo (left) and Marama Gaga hold broken parts of the two vehicles that collided at Nasole junction on September 12, 2020. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

It could have landed right on us and we could have been victims of a deadly car crash right outside our home.

This was the sentiment shared by a grateful Bulou Litia Suluqalo and her half-sister, Marama Gaga, after they described the horror of the car crash they witnessed on Saturday night at the Nasole Road junction in Nasinu.

The collision involved a black Toyota Voxy, driven by a 40-year-old graphic designer of Wainivula Road, Caubati, and a Prius rental car driven by a 25-year-old from Valelevu. The incident happened at around 7.55 pm.

Residents of Nasole and nearby communities described the sound of the crash as something they had never heard before, which shocked many of them.

“We left home to buy juice because we were feeling thirsty that night and the shop we had planned to buy juice from was right opposite the junction where the accident took place,” Ms Suluqalo said.

“We were 100 metres away from the junction when I felt a strange feeling for us not to proceed to the shop opposite the road but to just go to another shop in our area,” she said.

“We were just arguing about that when we saw the hybrid vehicle flew over into Nasole road and land just a few metres away from where we were standing.”

She said it was like watching a Hollywood movie.

“We were both shocked, we saw people in the vehicle lying unconsciously with blood oozing out from every corner,” she said.

“Community members acted so quickly that even before the National Fire Authority and Police officers arrived they helped to safely carry the unconscious victims out.

“Residents rushed out of their homes and brought their vehicles to transport the injured families to the hospital. It happened so fast and it was something we saw for the first time.”

She said if it was not for the strange feeling that she felt, they could have been hit by the two vehicles that were involved in the accident.

“We thank God, we knew it was the voice of the Holy Spirit that held us back for a moment before the accident happened in just a matter of seconds,” she said.

Their mother, Laisa Tunidau, said she immediately thought of the girls when she heard the loud crash from her home.

“When I heard the crash I immediately thought of the girls because I knew they were on their way to the shop opposite the road, I thank God that I later heard from a neighbor that they were safe,” Ms Tunidau said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 25-year-old driver of the rental Prius vehicle was believed to be driving under the influence of liquor.

She said all the 12 passengers in the two vehicles sustained serious injuries and were admitted at Valelevu Health Centre and at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital. Police Investigations continue.

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