BY SAMIE WAIKORI
A man has died after falling from a truck at Kware Bridge on the border of West Kware’ae and West Fataleka on Sunday afternoon.
The man was rushed to Fauabu rural health clinic but later died due to his injuries.
Malaita Provincial Police Commander, Mr Timothy Apaesi told this paper in an interview that the man was among 13 people on the truck when the accident happened.
He said the truck belongs to the Lion Heart Company and was transporting fuel from Auki on the north road direction.
“The decease board the truck somewhere round Auki and believed to have been under the influence of liquor during the time.
“When he got onto the truck he sat on one of the drum of fuel behind the truck.
“They went until they reached Kware Bridge when the truck came into a pothole just before entering the bridge.
“When the truck went down into a pothole and got up, the truck bounced and the man flew off the truck,” Mr Apaesi said.
He said the man landed on the bridge and due to serious injuries sustained he was rushed to Fauabu rural health clinic but died later in the evening.
Apaesi confirmed that the other passengers did not receive any injury from the incident.
He said the driver of the Tipa-truck has been identified to be a 25-year-old male.
He said no arrest is yet made into the accident as Auki police is still looking thoroughly into the nature of the accident.
Apaesi said investigation into the incident is still ongoing.