21 injured in bus-car crash
-- Victims thrown into trees
By Shawnel Cudjoe

TWENTY-ONE persons were injured yesterday afternoon when a Number 50 mini-bus, plying the Georgetown-Rosignol route, and a car with a foreign licence plate collided on the East Coast Demerara main road.

CRASH: the bus and the car after the crash. (Quacy Sampson photos)

The accident occurred around 16:00 h when the mini-bus, licence plate BHH 1111, going to Berbice and the car, CD 124, heading to Georgetown, collided at Unity, East Coast Demerara.

Up to press time, it was still unclear what caused the accident on the desolated stretch of road.

The injured, including six children, were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital in a Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) truck and were being treated for cuts, bruises and broken limbs last night.

Among those injured were Varsha Moonsammy, Shivante, who was taken out of a trench, Saisnarine Ramgobin, of Cotton Tree, Ayube Bacchus, Solachie Mangru and Bharaj Moonsammy.

Andy Ault, who was in another mini-bus heading for Georgetown when the accident occurred, said he heard a crash and saw the bus hurtling in the air.

“…this bus went up in the air and started spinning around; people and things start pitching out before it fall back to the ground”, he said.

Ault said that when the vehicle landed, the only person in the bus was the driver slumped over in his seat and another person was under the vehicle.

The others from the bus were scattered all about the road, he said. “All the people went scatter on the road and in trenches and in trees.”

He added that the silver coloured car bore a foreign number plate and two persons were inside and the brown and white mini-bus had the name `Rush Hour’.

GUYSUCO truck driver Charles Jagan, who transported the injured in the company truck GJJ 1110 to the hospital, said he was on his way home from work when he saw the accident.

He was then approached by Ault who asked him to transport the injured to the hospital. Jagan said 20 persons were placed in the truck.

Pointing out that it took him just 45 minutes to reach the hospital, he added, “I never drive so fast yet because people (were) just screaming.”

Sunday, January, 2006