Young children escape car crash

It was a lucky escape for two young children who were in the backseat of a small white car that was unexpectedly rear-ended in a traffic smash on Thursday afternoon.

Police, who were controlling traffic at the scene when the accident occurred, said the incident happened on the four corner cross road at the Vaimoso traffic lights.

The children's grandmother was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. She declined to be named.

But the grandmother said she and her grandchildren had been in a car idling at the lights at Vaimoso, on their way home to Vaitele, when another car drove into their vehicle from behind, leaving the children severely shaken but unharmed.

Just as the lights turned green, the white car was hit from its left back corner, smashing the whole back car window as well, she said.

"He slowed down a bit and then drove off," said the grandmother.

"I hope he hasn't actually run off, but rather driving to a Police Station right now."

The incident comes just two weeks after the Police Commissioner called for harsher penalties to be imposed on motorists who drive recklessly behind the wheel. 

He urged motorists to drive safely and to adhere to speed limits during the holiday season.

A police festive season operation netted more than 146 arrests, most of which were traffic-related.

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