Minibus plunges into trench as bridge collapses
Six persons from Canal Number Two Polder miraculously escaped injury after a minibus they were in plunged into a trench at Canal Number 2 Polder.
Reports are that the incident occurred after a bridge on which it was driving, collapsed.
The driver of the vehicle, Chatterpaul Bharrat, said that the incident occurred around 16:00 hours on Sunday just as he was returning home from plying his trade at Merriman Mall.
Bharrat said that just as the minibus was about to reach the middle of the bridge there was a cracking sound and before he knew it the minibus with his entire family was submerged in water.
The man said the loud noise caused most of the neighbours to rush to their assistance and they were all rescued without any major injuries.
Once they were all out of the minibus they managed to pull the minibus out of the trench with the help of two tractors, he said.
Bharrat said that while he is thankful that no one was injured, he is peeved over the fact that it could have been worse and he is calling on the relevant authorities to look into issues affecting persons in the Canal Number Two Polder.
The man said that most of the people in that area are farmers and as such they need better bridges to get their produce out of the area.
The man was alluding to the many dilapidated bridges in the area.
Bharrat said that he has been living in the area for the past six years and never has he witnessed any repairs done to any bridges in the area.
Like many other residents, he is calling for repairs to be carried out on the countless bridges since they are the only means to access the main road.
“These bridges are traps waiting for something to happen; school children use them; everybody use these bridges and many of these bridges are not safe. We are being neglected at the back of Canal here,” Bharrat lamented.
The man said that given the state of many of the bridges, some residents have taken upon themselves to reinforce many of them.
He said that he has been able to mobilise a group of residents who are willing to do the works on the bridges if the relevant authorities are willing to provide the materials to do such.