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One dead, at least 50 injured in road accidents

One man is dead and more than 50 people injured after two mass casualty road accidents occurred within just over an hour of each other on Saturday.

Troy Ifill, 35, of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael died in the first accident at Lemon Arbor, St John when the car he was driving collided with a Transport Board bus, driven by 53-year-old Eric Haynes, around 5 pm.

Police and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital reported that 29 people were injured but only seven of those had to be transported to the QEH via ambulance. Of these two are critically injured.

The second accident occurred at Windsor Road, St Philip near the junction with Brighton and Lower Greys, at approximately 6:10 pm when a minibus, driven by 41-year-old Ricardo Browne of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, overturned.

Two other vehicles – a motor van driven by George Smith, 61, of Ruby Park, St. Philip and a car driven by David West, 75, of Searles Plantation, Christ Church in which his 71-year-old wife Ann Marie West was a passenger – were also involved in that accident.

The report from the scene listed a total of 25 persons injured with one critically injured, four severely injured but stable, 11 treated and discharged at the scene of the accident. The remaining nine with minor injuries were transported to the QEH via a Transport Board bus.

Injuries consist mostly of abdominal and chest trauma as well as lacerations.

In addition to doctors and ambulance teams from the QEH and Barbados Defence Force, the Department of Emergency Management, the Barbados Fire Service and the Roving Response Team responded to the accidents.

In a statement issued after the two accidents, acting chief executive officer and head of the Incident Command at the QEH Louise Bobb reiterated the sentiments expressed by hospital CEO Dexter James after last month’s mass casualty event, for motorists and the travelling public to exercise due care and attention when traversing the island’s roads.

7 Responses to One dead, at least 50 injured in road accidents

  1. Sandi Rhodes
    Sandi Rhodes February 9, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Omg! this is so sad! I hope they all recover & R.I.P. to the person who died.

  2. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway February 9, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Sad to hear..

  3. Linda February 9, 2014 at 2:49 am

    What is going on in Barbados right now? All i read on here is terrible news. Keep safe out there.
    RIP to the man that lost his life and hope everyone else makes a quick recovery x

  4. Lorraine Turner Wilson
    Lorraine Turner Wilson February 9, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Crazy Ppl on the roads. Don’t they value their lives. Obviously not or other Ppl’s lives. So sad.

  5. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne February 9, 2014 at 5:37 am

    My sympathy must go out to the family of the person who died in a serious road accident.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 9, 2014 at 6:22 am

    What is wrong with the drivers? Are they under a lot of pressure? Have they ever, ever heard of driving with due care and attention and speed kills. They need to go back to driving school. Bim is only 166 why try and drive off the island. Drivers may not value their lives, I am sure the passengers value theirs.

  7. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte February 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

    sorry to learn of the the lost of life. however these accidents are putting a serious strain on our fragile health care system.

    If we dont speak out again these thing we will soon be paying for health care and i hope no one blames the Gov. There are to many underlying issues that we dont consider or speak out against that will threaten our way of life and we as individuals are to blame only ourselves.


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