One dead, 32 hurt
The driver of one of the vehicles involved in
this morning’s tragic accident at Eagle Hall, St
Michael, has been hospitalized, while the other
was this evening being questioned by police.
This after tragedy struck at the popular
junction this morning, claiming the life of a
Christ Church man and putting the lives of 32
others at risk.
It was just after 5:20 a.m. when two vehicles
–– a minibus driven by 37-year-old Kelvin Hall
and a Transport Board bus driven by Tyrone
King, 42, collided at the intersection, coming to
rest in the area just in front of the popular R.A.
Mapp’s Bar & Grocery.
Hall, of Airley Tenantry Road, Hinds Hill,
St Michael, was being interviewed by accident
investigators at the Black Rock Police Station,
while King remained hospitalized, along
with two other persons –– a woman and
another man. The extent of their injuries was
Sixty-two-year-old George Anthony
Blackman, a gardener of 7th Avenue, Harts Gap,
Christ Church, who was at the time, sitting
at the back of the minibus was thrown from
His younger, visibly distraught sister Joyce,
who had earlier collapsed when she arrived at
the scene with Blackman’s twin sister Dorothy
and his niece, identified his body which, before
being moved by personnel from Two Son’s
Funeral Home, lay crumpled and disfigured
between the back of the minibus B55 and a
corner of the galvanized fence of R.A. Mapp’s.
Police public relations officer Inspector David
Welch told the media 15 serious patients were
transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by
“We had 17 transported to the [Branford
Taitt] Polyclinic in Black Rock, and we had one
dead at the scene. [Persons complained of]
injuries to the head, chest, abdominal and other
extremities. Those were from the very serious
cases. From the not so serious, we had reports
of abrasions and lacerations,” Welch said, as
he updated the media on developments as
Blackman is the first person for the year to
have died on the nation’s roads. Last year, there
were 19 fatalities.
The police spokesman said he hoped the
numbers this year would be much fewer.
“We are asking persons, motorists especially,
to be cautious. Obey the rules of the road.
Don’t let another life be lost on our road,” he
pleaded, as Eagle Hall, a main artery to The City,
remained blocked for almost eight hours.
Scores of onlookers, including persons
on their way to school and work, as well as
those who live in the area, converged to catch
a glimpse of the body of the Christ Church
gardener, before the vehicles involved could be
It meant that for those early hours of the
morning businesses like the Rubis Gas Station,
the Hot Legendary Fish Cakes stall, and R.A.
Mapp’s were forced to remain closed until after
1 p.m. when the road reopened.
Inspector Welch explained that in a case
where there was a road fatality, officers needed
to be systematic as they went about gathering
“Our investigations will lead from here
to the courts of law; so we have to be
meticulous in what we do –– in terms of what
happened here today . . . . Obviously, there is
a concern for life and that was dealt with by
QEH and other medical personnel. After we
stood that down, we had the situation where
police started their own investigation, and
“Then, we had our reconstructionist come
in . . . . The final stage was to identify the body,”
he explained, noting that the entire process was
Among the agencies responding to today’s
mass casualty were the Royal Barbados Police
Force, the Barbados Defence Force, the
Emergency Ambulance Service, the Barbados
Fire Service, the Roving Response Team, the
Department of Emergency Management and
three private ambulance companies.