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Lucky Escape For Taxi Driver

This was after a raintree (vunivaivai) along Salato Road in Namadi Heights, Suva fell right in front of his taxi while he was driving yesterday afternoon.
18 Jan 2022 10:46
Lucky Escape For Taxi Driver

Vishayal Anand Seth, 49, says he is blessed to have escaped serious injuries or possible death.

This was after a raintree (vunivaivai) along Salato Road in Namadi Heights, Suva fell right in front of his taxi while he was driving yesterday afternoon.

Mr Seth, a taxi driver of Padam Lala Settlement in Namadi said he thanked God for saving him from the tragic incident that could have claimed his life.

 

Shocked

He said he was on the road looking for passengers at around 12.30pm when he noticed the tree break from its roots falling towards the road.

“I was shocked, I stepped on the brakes and it fell right on top of my taxi, breaking the front glass,” he said.

“I just faced sideways with my eyes closed to avoid breaking glass hitting my eyes.

“The first thing that came to my mind was the incident at the Suva market a few weeks ago that killed a lady and injured another.

“It could have been a different story if I was speeding and if I didn’t step on the brakes.”

He has been driving a taxi for three years, but this was the first time he experienced such an incident.

Mr Seth suffered minor injuries on his face and arm.

 

Police

When the Fiji Sun arrived at the scene, Police officers had rushed Mr Seth to the hospital for medical treatment while Suva City Council (SCC) workers were clearing the tree from the road.

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) chief executive officer Kamal Prasad said there was a team from FRA and SCC at the site to gather information on how the incident could have happened.

He said a full investigation would be conducted.

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