13 injured as minibuses collide
At least 13 persons were injured yesterday following a two-vehicle collision at the junction of Homestretch Avenue and Vlissengen Road. Reports are that the accident, which involved a route 48 (Stabroek/Sophia) and a Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) contract minibus, occurred sometime around 12:45 hours.
Among those injured were GT&T staffer Daun Ellis; the driver of the route 48 minibus, Marvin Benn, 27; his conductor, Nandalall Singh; Travis Knights, 19; Normell Tony, 12; Tomeka Reid, 13; Nekeisha Fraser, 17; Kelvin Fletcher, 13; Trevor Bell, 29; Shonette Kellman, 13; Patricia Aaron, 56; Shane London, 16; and Tenisha Chester, 12.
While reports are still sketchy as to what really transpired at the intersection, which has traffic lights, an eyewitness said that speeding was the main factor on the part of one of the drivers involved.
The other vehicle, BHH 5996, was heading south from Vlissengen Road onto Cemetery Road. According to the eyewitness, he was in the lineup of vehicles waiting for the traffic light to change when he saw the route 48 minibus speeding past his car.
“The traffic light directing traffic on Homestretch was signaling stop and it had exactly 27 seconds more before it change and all I see is this bus speeding through the light and it slam right into the other bus,” the eyewitness recalled.
However, one passenger who was in the minibus at the time of the accident said from all indications the brakes of the minibus failed. “We coming down Homestretch and when we near reach the traffic light all I hear is the driving hollering ‘oh s**t, de brakes ain’t working’, and he try to avoid hitting a car but slam into the other minibus.”
That passenger was among those treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital and sent away. Other passengers were treated for minor lacerations.
The driver of the GT&T contract minibus who was identified as James Hinds escaped without injury, while the staffer he was transporting was admitted for observation at a private hospital.