Pandemonium broke out last night at the Accident and Emergency unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), following the arrival of six out of 11 persons, who were injured in a vehicular accident
at Salbora Public Road, Mahdia.
Kaieteur News understands that the injured were passengers in the tray of “a bush truck” that was transporting a land dredge in the area.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control and slammed into a tree stump, along the Salbora Public Road around 11:30hrs, yesterday.
The injured persons were air dashed to the city via the Ogle International Airport. About three ambulances transported the bodies to the hospital.
Seven of the injured persons, all men have been identified as truck driver-Charles Burrowes, 52, of 111 Miles+ Mahdia; Douglas Caldeira, 53, of Berbice; Jamal Cumerbatch, 17, of 192 Half Mile Linden; Deshode Small, 27, of South Amelia’s Ward Linden. These four persons were subsequently transferred to the Woodlands Hospital.
Three others, David Durant, 58, of De Kinderen, West Coast Demerara, Mickey Gouveia, 16 of Beehive and Malcolm Grimes, 55, of Number 159 Doctusdam, LaGrange, West Bank Demerara, were admitted to the GPHC.
Up to late last evening family members were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the other injured- one of whom has been identified as Cidel Prescod of Sophia.
From observations all the victims sustained wounds about their bodies, which were bloody. They had received medical treatment, prior to their arrival at the GPHC from the Mahdia Hospital.
Upon arrival of the ambulances family members were heard wailing inconsolably as they were prevented from seeing their loved ones. The injured were pushed into the A&E Unit on wheel chairs, while others were sprawled on stretchers.
A teary eyed Joycelyn Durant, the wife of David Durant was present at the GPHC last evening. The woman told this newspaper that she last heard from her husband on Sunday. She explained that she was at home when she received a call from her uncle informing her about the accident.
Joycelyn disclosed that her husband, who is the General Manager (GM) for a mining Camp in the area, left home about three weeks ago.
According to Durant’s wife, the “boss man” was driving the truck at the time of the accident. The woman said that she heard that the vehicle collided with a tree and “all the passengers pitched out”.
The couple has three children together.
Meanwhile, Prescod’s wife, Fay, appeared restless as she awaited the arrival of her injured husband. She constantly peeked through a glass window, as she stood outside the hospital.
The woman recalled that she received a call from the Mahdia Hospital, yesterday afternoon about the accident. Fay said that she and her husband reside with their seven children at Sophia. A visibly distraught Fay added that her husband is a goldminer, who would frequent the interior.
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