Jan 12, 2012 News
A three-year-old of Quaker’s Hall, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, is in a critical
condition at the Georgetown hospital after a privately-owned bus overturned, pinning him to the ground.
The accident occurred around 10:00am yesterday, leaving Komal Balkaran with severe injuries to his upper body. His 19-year-old sister, Sita, was a little more lucky and escaped with a few bruises.
According to residents, the bus was travelling at a fast pace. The driver later claimed that he swerved from a car and ended up knocking the siblings. The vehicle overturned on the little boy, an eyewitness said.
Neighbours ran to the accident scene and managed to pull him out from under the bus.
The eyewitness told this newspaper that the kid’s face was completely “disfigured” and he was unconscious. Both siblings were rushed to the city’s hospital. Sita was admitted to the Accident and Emergency Unit (A&E), and then transferred to the Female Ward where she was treated. Her brother was up to press time still in the operating room.
According to the children’s aunt, Sita Balkaran, the siblings were returning home from a shop when the tragedy occurred in front of her yard.
The grieving aunt said she witnessed the accident.
It is believed that the driver may have fallen asleep.
The children’s mother, Sabene Surujpaul, was too distraught to speak.
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