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2 still admitted after Sigatoka road accident last Saturday

Two people are still admitted in hospital after an accident in Semo, Sigatoka last Saturday. Police spokesperson Inspector  Josaia Weicavu said the 51-year-old driver has been transferred to Lautoka Hospital and admitted at the Hospital’s Trauma Ward. The other driver in the same accident, the 53-year-old Project Manager at Natadola is still admitted at the […]

Peni Shute

April 19, 2016 9:10 am

Two people are still admitted in hospital after an accident in Semo, Sigatoka last Saturday.

Police spokesperson Inspector  Josaia Weicavu said the 51-year-old driver has been transferred to Lautoka Hospital and admitted at the Hospital’s Trauma Ward.

The other driver in the same accident, the 53-year-old Project Manager at Natadola is still admitted at the Suva Private Hospital.

No one has been charged yet as the suspect is still undergoing medical attention at the hospital.

Twelve people were involved in four separate accidents on Saturday along the Queens Road

Among the victims were two children below the age of 5 years.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said from the first incident, three passengers are now recovering at the Sigatoka Hospital after the Taxi and the rental car they were traveling in were involved in an accident at Navola near Sigatoka on Saturday night.

Inspector Weicavu said the taxi was driven by a 29-year-old man and among the victims was a 2-year-old baby boy and a 4-year-old girl.

In the second incident, a 73-year-old man of Lovu, Lautoka was bumped by a private car driven by a 27-year-old man when he was crossing along Yasawa Street, Lautoka on Saturday morning.

Inspector Weicavu said the driver has been charged with careless driving and warned for court.

We again appeal to the motorists to think of their passengers and all other road users when driving on our roads. It is pure common sense that the road will be very slippery during this current weather conditions we are currently experiencing hence, drivers should drive with extreme due care and attention and should avoid speeding at all times. It is better to arrive late than never.

Drivers are advised to drive slowly when driving through busy streets in towns and cities. Look out for our elderly and children when driving through busy streets and roads.

Yesterday, seven people were rushed to hospital after being involved in two separate accidents along the Queens Road yesterday.

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The three cars that were involved in the accident this morning. (Liga Gukisuva)

Yesterday, police spokesperson Naina Ragigia said the accident that occurred at Semo along the Queens Road, a 51-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and went on to the opposite lane colliding with another vehicle driven by a 37-year-old man and another vehicle driven by a 53-year-old man.

The two vehicle were heading towards Nadi when the accident occurred and the 51-year-driver was conveying two passengers to Sigatoka and the two passengers sustained injuries are now admitted at the Sigatoka Hospital for observation.

The other drivers involved in the accident were also rushed to Sigatoka Hospital and have been discharged after receiving medical treatment.

Liga Gukisuva, an eyewitness spoke to Newswire describing what he saw.

We got into the venue at a quarter to twelve, we saw three vehicles. We managed to move one aside so we could load the passengers to the Sigatoka Hospital, they had severe back pain and chest pain and some injuries were visible on parts of their bodies.

We were queit fortunate that a lot drivers that were coming in from Nadi side were willing to transport them directly to the Sigatoka Hospital, also very fortunate at about 10-15minutes later an ambulance and the fire department arrived.

Ragigia said in the fourth incident, a minivan driven by a 45-year-old man collided with a vehicle driven by a 55-year-old man.

The incident occurred at the Sonaisali road junction along the Queens Road and the minivan (heading towards Nadi) collided onto the private car (coming from Nadi)when it was making a right turn into the Sonaisali road. In the process of the collision, the minivan driver hit an 18-year-old female student who was walking along the road.

The two vehicles that were involved in the Sonaisali Junction yesterday. (Sahil Nair/Facebook)
The two vehicles that were involved in the Sonaisali Junction yesterday. (Sahil Nair)

The 18-year-old girl was rushed to Nadi hospital and later transferred to the Lautoka Hospital for further observations.

Ragigia said the driver of the minivan was also rushed to the Lautoka hospital and later discharged.

With the current adverse weather conditions experienced in most parts of the country, we are advising motorists and other road users to be mindful of the slippery roads and to drive with care.

Ragigia said the two separate accidents experienced yesterday could have been avoided, had the drivers been driving at a reasonable speed mindful of the road conditions during this weather.

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