Man, 40, Dead after Bus Accident

"He was a kind man, I miss him so much because he cared about his family,” she said.
20 Jul 2022 12:13
Man, 40, Dead after Bus Accident
Valeria Wainovo and her sons (left)Sailosi Drigi and Anare Namoce hold up a picture of the late Laisenia Vuluma at their home in Matawalu village, Lautoka on July 19, 2022. Photo: Salote Qalubau. Inset: The late Laisenia Vuluma.

Valeria Wainovo 40 said she was still in shock after receiving news of her husband, Laisenia Vuluma’s death. The late 39-year-old died on Monday after he was allegedly crushed under the weight of a bus that veered off Drasa Road in Lautoka The bus was transporting 30 passengers believed to be workers from Tropik Wood Industries Limited from Vakabuli, Drasa when the alleged incident occurred.

Police confirmed on Monday that the bus was driven by a man in his late 20s when it allegedly veered off the road and hit a post. Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro said those involved in the accident were still admitted at the Lautoka Hospital

Ms Wainovo said she had returned from fishing when she received the news.

She said she was only allowed to see the late Mr Vuluma’s face due to the extent of his injuries.

“Eye witnesses said the rest of his body was badly crushed due to the bus pinning him down.”


She said her husband was the sole breadwinner and spent six years working at the Tropik Wood Industries Limited Sawmill.

“Yesterday he kissed our two sons before he left for work and he surprised my son last Friday for his 5th Birthday, and yesterday he promised our sons he would take them out again.”

“He was a kind man, I miss him so much because he cared about his family,” she said.

Asinsate Drayawa, 66, said she waited for her son in vain .

“I asked my grandchildren if he had arrived and they said no, that was after 5 pm but my heart was not at peace because he was never that late and he would usually call.

She said she was dependent on Mr Vuluma since his father died last year.

Tropik Wood Industries Limited representative Osea Daveta said the company was saddened by the sudden death of one of their employees



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