11 Nov 2009

Speculation surrounds cause of fatal Samoa bus crash

5:45 pm on 11 November 2009

There is speculation that the driver whose bus crashed in Samoa may have been on his cellphone when the accident happened.

Eight people, including a two month old baby, died and more than 20 passengers were injured.

The driver, who has name has been suppressed, is under police guard in hospital.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says police revealed that the driver was known to them.

"This bus driver has been well known by police because he's been charged several times on traffic related offences. But there are some other, lots of other speculations, like he was on the cell phone and that's when he lost control of the bus."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia