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By MERE NALEBA
Three people are dead following two separate road accidents in the Western Division on Thursday night.
The road death toll now stands at 27 compared to 25 for the same period last year. Two people died in a horrific head on collision at Sovi Bay in Sigatoka.
The crash involved a government vehicle and a private where the impact of the collision caused the government vehicle to tumble a couple of times before catching fire.
The four occupants of the government vehicle were returning to Suva from Lautoka after attending a joint governance elections training workshop. Police spokesperson, Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri, said the vehicle tumbled four to five times and caught fire after the passengers were pulled from the wreck.
“The driver of the government vehicle and the passenger who was in the front seat were pronounced dead on arrival at the Sigatoka Hospital,” Inspector Sokomuri said. In another accident on the same night, a iTaukei man died while crossing the Navutu Road in Lautoka after being hit by a private vehicle. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at the Lautoka Hospital. Police and the Land Transport Authority will be patrolling the Queens Road from today.
“I am asking the public to abide by the road rules because some accidents are avoidable.
“It is just careless driving and bad road behaviour that sees accidents happening,” Inspector Sokomuri said.