12 injured as 4x4 crashed into a minibus
Written by Shirley Thomas   
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Twelve persons were injured in an accident on the Triumph Public Road yesterday afternoon, when a 4 x 4 motor vehicle rammed a minibus en route to Victoria,  sending it crashing into a power pole. Among them were at least nine school children, a nurse, the driver and conductor of the minibus.  No one in the 4 x 4 was hurt.

Those injured in the minibus BLL 1949 travelling from the Stabroek bus park are:   

-Taviena Williams, a nurse employed at the Woodlands Hospital and on her way home;  

-Kestor Mc Kinnon, 18, the conductor of the minibus; the driver whose name was only given as “Pep Pep;  

-Kevin David, 14, of Apex Academy;

- Keon Neil, 13, of New Life Ministries Secondary School; 

-Okeme Beaton, 13, of St. Stanislaus College; 

-Tiffany Nkosi ,16, of City College; 

-Marijk Azore, 17, of Bladen Hall Secondary School ; 

-Keona Duncan, 16, of Apex Educational Institute; and 

-Marva Pestano Belle, 15, also of Apex Academy.  Three other children escaped unhurt.

The wrecked minibus

Conductor of the minibus and some of the injured school children related that around 16:00 h the minibus travelling east along the Triumph Public Road, was about to cross the National Walk Road when they spotted the 4 x 4 jeep PGG 7276,  travelling south along National Walk and about to cross the Triumph Public Road.
However, Mc Kinnon recalled that when they realised that the jeep was headed for a collision with them, the driver of the minibus tried pulling aside. But the jeep crashed into the bus and caused it to hit a power pole.
On hearing the loud crash, villagers and other passers by rushed to the scene to offer help.  Some of the injured were whisked away to hospital in cars while others, less seriously injured, awaited the ambulance which was summoned.
Villagers on the scene marveled at the fact that the bus did not end up in a nearby trench. ‘