Tongan police keep mum on origins of horrific accident photos

    WARNING: This article contains a graphic image. You have been warned. 

    Tongan Police remain tight-lipped in the face of requests from Kaniva News to confirm whether graphic photos shared on social media this week were related to an accident in Halaleva we reported on Saturday 3.

    In that story, we reported that a van overturned on a road in Halaleva.

    Our report was based on information and a photo of the overturned van provided to us by an eye witness.

    The eyewitness only confirmed the incident had occurred, its place of occurrence and when it had happened. No further information was available to us.

    This week horrific photos emerged on Facebook apparently linked to the incident we reported.

    We sent the photos to Police and asked them to confirm whether they were linked to the accident in Halaleva but we have yet to receive any response.

    The photos were accompanied by captions saying they were taken at an accident in Halaleva on Saturday 3.

    One of the photos showed a van similar to the one we reported lying overturned on the road.

    Photo/Facebook

    Another photo showed a seriously injured man lying on the ground near a retail store while some people apparently tried to help him including one man showed fanning the victim with a piece of cardboard.

    Another man with his foot in plaster was seen being carried away on a hospital trolley while a woman, apparently a medic, was assisting him.

    Photo/Facebook

    Traffic accidents have become a grave concern to many Tongans. They regularly comment on and discuss the issues on Kaniva’s social media pages when we reported road accidents in Tonga.

    Photo/Facebook

    Critics said it appeared there was a traffic accident in Tonga every week. They said the high frequency of the accidents was intimidating given the tiny size of Tonga and its small population.

    The main points

    • Tongan Police remain tight-lipped in the face of requests from Kaniva News to confirm whether graphic photos shared on social media this week were related to an accident in Halaleva we reported on Saturday 3.
    • In that story, we reported that a van overturned on a road in Halaleva.
    • Our report was based on information and a photo of the overturned van provided to us by an eye witness.
    • This week horrific photos emerged on Facebook apparently linked to the incident we reported.

    For more information

    Van overturns in Halaleva

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