Freak Ac­ci­dent In­volves 6 Ve­hi­cles

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Pas­sen­gers and driv­ers es­caped se­ri­ous in­juries on Seaqaqa High­way yes­ter­day in what could only be de­scribed as a freak ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing five trucks and a Hilux. Around 8am a lorry al­legedly hit a white Hilux at Mako­mako caus­ing it to veer off the road and into a ditch. Wit­nesses say af­ter some time, the driver of a green-coloured lorry parked in the mid­dle of the road in an at­tempt to of­fer as­sis­tance. Mean­while, an empty blue truck re­turn­ing from Labasa Mill al­legedly tried to by­pass the green truck and bumped into it. At this time, an­other empty truck re­turn­ing from the mill tried to move away from the green truck. While this was hap­pen­ing, an­other fully-loaded lorry on its way to Labasa tried to avoid the green truck but was a lit­tle too late in do­ing so be­cause of an al­leged brake fail­ure. As a re­sult it bumped into the said loaded truck. Two fire trucks from Labasa ar­rived to as­sist those who were trapped. The freak ac­ci­dent caused a traf­fic jam. Po­lice spokes­woman Ana Naisoro said it was very for­tu­nate to note that no one was se­ri­ously in­jured.

“How­ever, we are still greatly con­cerned that the ac­ci­dent oc­curred and with ini­tial re­ports in­di­cat­ing it was caused by one of the loaded trucks,” Ms Naisoro said. “We are ask­ing driv­ers to be cau­tious and be vig­i­lant at all times.” The al­le­ga­tions will be proven through in­ves­ti­ga­tion. There needs to be bet­ter care by every­one if we are to avoid sim­i­lar in­ci­dences.

How­ever, we are still greatly con­cerned that the ac­ci­dent oc­curred and with ini­tial re­ports in­di­cat­ing it was caused by one of the loaded trucks. Ana Naisoro Po­lice spokes­woman

Photo: Shratika Naidu

The red truck and white Hilux (ob­scured by veg­e­ta­tion) which was the ini­tial cause of the freak ac­ci­dent along the Seaqaqa High­way.

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