17 escape death in car/minibus accident
Seventeen people, including two drivers and two nurses, escaped with minor injuries following a car and minibus accident on the Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara Public Road, yesterday.
Of the lot, only minibus driver, Norris Allen, 35, was available for comment.
While awaiting medical attention in the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital, he winced constantly. He recalled that he was transporting 15 passengers in minibus BLL 7269, heading east along the Public Road when the incident occurred.
He said, “The car swerved suddenly to turn left into Melsha Road without any signal and we hit one another.” One police rank at the scene reported that the minibus was speeding and caused the accident while attempting to overtake the car.
However, Allen who said both vehicles were headed east refuted all allegations, including those that suggested that he was speeding.
When Kaieteur News visited the hospital the two injured nurses were being attended to in the trauma room and according to medical personnel “they will live.”
At the scene of the accident a crowd of curious onlookers had gathered and their comments varied, some use their imaginations to suggest the worse.
From eyewitness accounts, the accident occurred about 16: 45hrs. Upon impact, both vehicles ended off the road and landed close to a canal.
Some passengers clambered to safety. One nurse seated in the front of the bus fainted while others waited for help amidst splinters from the shattered windows of the minibus.
Screams of panic filled the air, said one man, who pointed to bloodstains in the back seat of the minibus as evidence that blood did ooze from one passenger’s body.
He said the driver of the car a certified female was a bit “shaken up” too. “God went with all of them because the way the car and bus fly over there I say somebody dead,” the man said.
Another eyewitness said most of the passengers were shaken up and public-spirited citizens transported the injured to hospital while others were moved to tears.
The car looked fairly new but the driver’s side was smashed in and the front rear view mirror was broken off.
There was no sign of the car’s number plates but on lookers made sure to state without reservation “they break it off like if they do something wrong.”
The car driver could not be reached for comment at the scene nor at the hospital. (Mondale Smith)