Barbados records black weekend in Lent

It was a busy weekend for the island’s emergency services personnel, as fires, motor vehicle accidents and other events kept them engaged.

The excavator that damaged a two-bedroom house.
The excavator that damaged a two-bedroom house.
The truck involved  in the accident in St Andrew.
The truck involved
in the accident in St Andrew.

On Friday, police discovered skeletal remains in an apartment at Lighthouse Lane, Atlantic Shores, in Christ Church.

To date, there has been no positive identification and lawmen have requested the public’s assistance with any information that could assist in their investigations.

On Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Romario Hall of New Orleans, St Michael, was hospitalized after being shot in the stomach.

That incident occurred on Tudor Street, in The City.

In a separate development on Sunday morning, one man was injured and a house damaged during an accident at Coggins Hill, St Andrew.

The truck, driven by Barthelmoe Alcide, 55, of Silver Hill, Christ Church, was towing an excavator around 8:30 a.m. when the driver apparently lost control, causing the truck to overturn.

Lawmen say the excavator then struck and broke a utility pole and damaged a two-bedroom house occupied by Errol Sobers.

The driver received a cut to his right hand and abrasions about his body. Utility lines and a water supply pipeline were also damaged.

Later in the day, 13-year-old Gregory Cox died in an accident at the jetty at Oistins.

Police said the former student of the Princess Margaret Seconday School, a resident of Ashby Land, Oistins, Christ Church, and other youngsters had been diving and swimming off the jetty, when he was squeezed between a moored fishing boat and the jetty around 2:30 p.m.

Fire officials were also called out to rescue a 13-year-old girl who had fallen into a well while at Maynards, St Peter.

Danielle Corbin of Rowans Park, St George, had been standing on top of well covering, when it broke away.

She sustained minor injuries.

Meanwhile, an early morning fire claimed the life of a 90-year-old man from Cane Vale, Christ Church.

Police say Goldburne Callender, a wheelchair-bound amputee, perished in the blaze that occurred around midnight in the concrete house where he lived with nine other persons, three of them children.

Members of the Barbados Fire Service, led by Acting Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard, along with three fire tenders battled the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the house.

Lawmen say it is not clear what caused the fire.

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