Deadly crash

Rodney Weekes, of Marley Vale, St. Philip died this evening after being involved in an early morning crash at Ashbury, St. George.

Weekes, said to be in his 50s, was driving a car when it and a Transport Board bus collided around 7:50 a.m. He was taken to hospital in an unconscious state, while his passenger, Michael Blackett, 51, also of Marley Vale, suffered cuts about the body.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY at the accident scene, Sergeant Roland Cobbler said the bus was transporting 46 students to the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School. He said that 20 people on board the bus, including the driver, 57-year-old Lionel Jones of Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, complained of pains. They were treated at the scene by three doctors from the QEH.

The car was extensively damaged while the bus received minimal damage. (KC) (Photo by Christoff Griffith)

6 Responses to Deadly crash

  1. Mr Very Sad Concerned November 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I live very near this stretch of road and at least once a week there is an accident on the seemingly gentle but dangerous corner near the Tappy Pond turnoff where this accident occurred. In 28 years I recall around 6 fatalities on the stretch of road between Ashbury Village and Four Cross Roads.

    This stretch, favoured by drivers wishing to test their car’s performance, encourages speeding. Most of the accidents by Tappy Pond occur when cars run off the road into the canefield on the north side, this time a bus was in the way. In the interest of saving lives perhaps a warning sign and the occasional police speed trap would slow down the speeding, something that the police used to do many many years ago.

  2. Renaldo November 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I appreciate the comment of the individual but the comments seem to suggest that the car was speeding. I know the late Mr. Weekes personally and i have never seen him break the speed limit once. While not commented on the facts of this incident, because I wasn’t present, I wish to add some perspective to this comment. Lets not make assumptions cause as the proverb goes it only a ‘fool’ of u, m e.

  3. Mad Bus Drivers November 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Bus drivers, once they get east of the airport, drive like absolute madmen. Many times, I’ve been driving along and come face to face with a crazy Transport Board bus flying around the corner on the wrong side of the road, barely maintaining control of the bus. I doubt this incident is the late Mr. Weekes fault. My condolences to his family.

  4. lollerssadder December 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    i also heard pf one near mullins

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