UPDATE-13 hurt as ZR overturns in St Thomas

Six people – including a woman who was said to be in critical condition – were rushed to hospital last night, after the ZR they were travelling in overturned in St Thomas, leaving a total of 13 passengers injured.

Some of the injured passengers who were treated at the scene.
Some of the injured passengers who were treated at the scene.

The victims complained mostly of pain to their extremities, along with chest and abdominal injury.

However, the woman, whose identity was being withheld, is now listed as a “red patient”. She was reportedly trapped under ZR61 after it overturned at the corner of Strong Hope, St Thomas, near Proute.

Head of the Emergency Ambulance Service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Dr David Byer reported that of the 13 who suffered injuries, six were taken to hospital, including the ZR driver — 32-year-old Anthony Graham of Ellerton, St George,

Two of the passengers opted not to be treated, while five were treated on the scene and discharged, he told Barbados TODAY.

It was not immediately clear what the public service vehicle, which is a Wanstead, St Michael, Route 3, was doing carrying passengers along St Thomas.,

In all 13 people were hurt.
In all 13 people were hurt.
Six people, including the driver, were rushed to hospital by ambulance.
Six people, including the driver, were rushed to hospital by ambulance.

83 Responses to UPDATE-13 hurt as ZR overturns in St Thomas

  1. Sharon king May 17, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    The vehicle was not off route

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    • shan May 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

      yes it was, the only time route 3 is in st thomas is the turn off point

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  2. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite May 17, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    all the ZR drivers need to be put in Jail they driver reckless and the are lawless

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    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor May 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      Ya aint wrong at all pun dat

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    • Camille Donnelly
      Camille Donnelly May 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I was there and my family was in the van all all said he was not driving bad

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    • Camille Donnelly
      Camille Donnelly May 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Most of the post that the nation published was incorrect

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    • Troiwayne Herbert
      Troiwayne Herbert May 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Seems like you like to classify! Every driver ain’t the same,everyone of us are different, and you used to be NYPD. You should know better. Smh!!!

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel May 18, 2015 at 10:11 am

      True, if he is an ex ample of how the police at the NYPD think then the NYPD is in a sadder state than I imagined!!!

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 10:47 am

      i have seen too many people died in auto accidents and 90% of the time it is reckless driving i have seen crashes where body parts came off most of the zr drivers a reckless drivers and dont value their lives or the passengers lives thos ZR buses should have a top speed of 50mph

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  3. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair May 17, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    These people must pay some pretty hefty insurance rates. Insurance companies must be up to their eye balls with claims.

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  4. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos May 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    We don’t know if recklessness was the cause of this accident

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    • Alicia Harrison
      Alicia Harrison May 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Recklessness was not the cause of the accident the road sprinkle with rain water and the vehicle slide causing him to lose control

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    • Mary Amos
      Mary Amos May 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      That is what i am trying to say. I was referring to persons on this post that jumped to the conclusion that this accident was caused by recklessness

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    • Alicia Harrison
      Alicia Harrison May 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Ok

      Reply
  5. Ananca Abbiola Mclean
    Ananca Abbiola Mclean May 17, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I am curious what was the driver doing and how this happen!! I pray they all recover!!

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  6. shababy May 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I must say the response team was great the ambulance service was on hand in abundance there did a great job,police and doctors give credit where it was due it was first class all the way tonight flood lights name it there had it on hand tonight so again I say job well done to the full team that responded tonight in Proute!!!!

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  7. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite May 17, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    if you look at all these accidents happen in barbados lately the #1 cause is speeding and reckless driving i would not ever get in a ZR business again i would walk first

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  8. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite May 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    loud music, lawless and reckless driving lead to this crash

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    • Cassandra Gittens
      Cassandra Gittens May 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

      Were you there

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel May 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Omg. Is that what you were taught at the police academy? To pass judgement with out knowing the facts? To ASSume, and condemn with no proof? If so, then you probably had a field day trying to get innocent people locked up!

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

      i only when after bad people and alot of them we took off the streets of America

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    • Alicia Harrison
      Alicia Harrison May 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      U are such a f**king idiot Tony Applewhaite

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      trash talking will get you no way in life my life is WONDERFUL make sure you drive safe or if you dont drive or dont have a car make sure the person value your life and they life top

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  9. Otis Boss
    Otis Boss May 18, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Tony Applewhaite like you was in that zr you better report to d nearest police station and give a statement sb

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 9:18 am

      i am a retired nypd and i seen and been too many many accidents 90 % of the time is reckless driving

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel May 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

      So what? That doesn’t mean that every accident is caused by reckless driving. I am sure that you also know of instances where accidents occurred due to circumstances beyond the driver’s control. This might have been one such incident.

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    • Otis Boss
      Otis Boss May 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Tony Applewhaite if you was not there to know what exactly happen stfu because there are a lot of possibilities for a retired nypd you sound stupid

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    • Otis Boss
      Otis Boss May 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

      I hope all who involved in this accident recovery be quick and be back a 100%

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    • Sugar Kat
      Sugar Kat May 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Otis Boss I’m with you. Just pray no one was hurt.

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    • Sugar Kat
      Sugar Kat May 18, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Otis Boss I’m with you stfu. Just pray no one was hurt.

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  10. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 18, 2015 at 2:55 am

    From the time the driver start driving like he invincible, just ask the jackass without a tail to stop the van and get off. Dollars come before life, common sense gone clean out the window.

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  11. De Melon Man May 18, 2015 at 3:21 am

    not again wen will it end

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  12. Elaine Smith
    Elaine Smith May 18, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Reckless driving …

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  13. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers May 18, 2015 at 5:12 am

    The driver of the ZR was not playing music loud NOR was he driving lawless or reckless he is one of the BEST drivers pun the Wanstead route I think we all should give God thanks that it wasn’t more serious n no one lost their life

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    • Otis Boss
      Otis Boss May 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

      You are correct i know the driver personally

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      WILL WHY DID THIS ZR BUS OVER TURN IT DID NOT HAPPEN BY DRIVING SLOW I GUESS A SPACESHIP CAUSE IT

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  14. Voice of Wisdom May 18, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Passengers on these PSV’s must stop encouraging these hooligans from driving them like cattle. Why would they sit and allow an irresponsible, reckless driver to transport them like animals for slaughter without demanding that he either stop, refund them and let them out or drive with due care and attention? Passengers wake up and recognize that you have the power to make the most difference in how these hooligans drive. Those who have ears, let them hear.

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  15. Ella Rose Babb
    Ella Rose Babb May 18, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Good to know everyone will be ok

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  16. Nadia Maynard
    Nadia Maynard May 18, 2015 at 5:38 am

    The guy is one of the drivers that drives safely. My mum hardly drives in zrs an he is one of the few which I can count on one hand that she drives in. My prayers are with the injured.

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    • Otis Boss
      Otis Boss May 18, 2015 at 11:54 am

      You are correct i know him personally

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  17. Candy Cambridge
    Candy Cambridge May 18, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Since when no#3 route is in St . Thomas , just asking ?

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    • Mark Wrd
      Mark Wrd May 18, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Could have been doing a private function .

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    • Sisi Kitty Greenidge
      Sisi Kitty Greenidge May 18, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Picnics, tour, private transport. These vans get privately booked too you know.

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  18. GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins
    GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins May 18, 2015 at 6:55 am

    So glad that no one died..Maybe the ZR was returning from a picnic.I know the driver and he always drives with due care,so i know it was no recklessness that might have caused this accident.I travel in that ZR most times and never had a problem with speeding or him being restless.That driver is one the the best drivers you would find on a route 3.Some people airing their mouths only wants noticing and needs to check about their lives and for their families as them too needs to be in jail for the evil thing they doing! Gratitude knowing that it was not more serious and no one lost their life…

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  19. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward May 18, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Praying for safe recovery for all those who are hurt.

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  20. Rashida Sealy
    Rashida Sealy May 18, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I agree with you 100% GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins. The ones that talking negative and have no idea what really happened should be quiet. ZRs have a stigma attached and people assume its always the ZR doing the wrong in any accident. Yes some do a heap of nonsense but don’t paint every one with the same brush. Glad there were no deaths and I wish the lady who was seriously injured and Anthony a speedy recovery

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    • GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins
      GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins May 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Don’t mind those people Rashida.More often than not they have a lot of evil going on in and around them and does turn a blind eye.If i see Anthony going up,i would get in that ZR or wait till he comes back down,i trust him with my life.I hope it’s nothing serious and that everyone involved will be well soon..Some do crap is right,but how can you sit on your asses and assume anything! You can’t stop the malicious crew as that’s their life,so…..

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  21. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis May 18, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I hope all recover…but even with a “few” good drivers..the ZRs should be salaried and have stricter regulation enforcement ..rather than the current system. It will help reduce these accidents.

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  22. Kimberley Will
    Kimberley Will May 18, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Always quick to judge and clueless as to what happened..wishing everyone a speedy recovery!

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

      i am a retired nypd and i seen and been too many many accidents 90 % of the time is reckless driving

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  23. jr smith May 18, 2015 at 7:22 am

    It seems as though nothing is being done , regarding the every accident rate in Barbados. These PSVs carrying passengers the speed should be govern to 30 MPH. and if the vehicle is tampered with the said vehicle is taken of the road and the owner heavily fine.
    Would some one tell me , are the drivers of these vehicle , have documented evidence, that they have passed a specific driving test, or anyone who have a license can become a driver.
    How many hurting families they must be in Barbados before something is going to be done , or is it a matter of who owns the vehicles.
    YOU CANNOT THINK OF ONE ISSUE ,WHICH IS EFFECTING OUR BAJAN PEOPLE ,MAKE A COMMENT AND THE SAME REMINDS, YOU OF , THE GUN AND DRUG PROBLEM, BECAUSE NOTHING IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLE, BE CERTAIN THINGS ARE DONE FOR THE INTEREST OF SOME PEOPLE AND NOTHING IS DONE IN THE INTEREST OF OUR PEOPLE. WHATS NEXT.
    WHO IS BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY THIS OR TRY THAT.

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  24. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson May 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Everyday so

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  25. Randy May 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Hear what ranking Rickey say? Accidents happen everyday and I know they will

    so stop acting like public service is the only thing that get into accidents

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  26. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers May 18, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Praise God no one died

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  27. Marcy Jones
    Marcy Jones May 18, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Prayers and blessings everyone recovers

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  28. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 9:01 am

    i was not there but i been in ZR buses many times and i was the same story SPEEDING SPEEDING AND MORE SPEEDING a vehicle dont over turn that easy speeding and reckless driving is the # 1 cause. Those ZR drivers not going stop driving reckless until take their kill their self and every body on the ZR bus. the picture below is an accident that happened in RICHMOND, VA usa and i was cause by reckless driving and speeding

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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel May 18, 2015 at 10:23 am

      So because MANY accidents are caused by reckless driving, you reason that ALL accidents are caused by reckless driving. Do you know what that makes you by your reasoning? A crooked, dirty cop. Why? Because since MANY cops in the NYPD are crooked and dirty, then ALL cops, including you, must be too… Right? Lol

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      let all the cops in the world go on strike and see how long you COP HATERS SURVIVE you would prey too very criminal mind and 911 would not help or save stop COP HATING

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  29. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Those ZR buses need a device to be places on the engine and limit the top speed to about 50 MPH top speed

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  30. Edmund Brewster
    Edmund Brewster May 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I hope everyone is OK and no serious injuries .thank you guys for your support for that ZR driver everyone that drive a ZR is not reckless but every driver is branded bad I am a driver I would know may god bless all in that accident and keep up your support guys thanks

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  31. Troiwayne Herbert
    Troiwayne Herbert May 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Too quick to point fingers and place blames when you don’t know the truth and means of a situation. If you weren’t there first hand,keep your negative thoughts to your self. You can’t classify all drivers the same,everybody’s different.

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

      i have seen too many people died in auto accidents and 90% of the time it is reckless driving i have seen crashes where body parts came off most of the zr drivers a reckless drivers and dont value their lives or the passengers lives thos ZR buses should have a top speed of 50mph this what happen with reckless driving and speed over 18 people hurt

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  32. Kareen Brome
    Kareen Brome May 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Amen to that no matter how safe we try to be something will happen and as my brother in the Lord say thank God that no one die

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  33. honeyboo May 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    i agree with Gloria, Nadia and Kimberley and i’m closer to him than either of them one thing he don’t do is drive reckless or fast.
    Did you ever think the road was sprinkle with rain and that cause the vehicle slide and him the driver to lost control. Accidents do happen everyday regardless of whom is driving. The van was not off route since it was coming back from a picnic. these were mature people travelling in the van and not teeny boppers cause they would have to fine another van to get on that’s why he gets a lot of respect from his passengers cause he don’t stand for foolishness nor does he encourage it. So check yourself

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  34. Jewel Small-Robinson
    Jewel Small-Robinson May 18, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Reckless. . I rather be a pedestrian on my visit.. it’s safer than getting a driving..

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  35. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

    i have seen too many people died in auto accidents and 90% of the time it is reckless driving i have seen crashes where body parts came off most of the zr drivers a reckless drivers and dont value their lives or the passengers lives thos ZR buses should have a top speed of 50mph this what happen with reckless driving and speed over 18 people hurt

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    • Tony Applewhaite
      Tony Applewhaite May 18, 2015 at 10:55 am

      ONE PERSON CAUSE THIS CRASH BECAUSE HE WAS SPEEDING AND RECKLESS AND HE IS GOING TO JAIL

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  36. clevere May 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    He was coming from a picnic .on the way down he was turning one way and the van went a next not his fault the staring if the van fail

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  37. Akiba Bruce
    Akiba Bruce May 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I kno anthony fa years i been a passenger in any van he drives all d crap wanna tlk jus gtn me vex wanna dat dnt kno wat happen an assumin are foolish PEOPLE and shud not comment damn ediots

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  38. Akiba Bruce
    Akiba Bruce May 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    He even got out an help d woman dat was under the van an i am glad everyone is alive

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  39. Patrick Blackman May 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    The problem is that government needs to have a clear strategy for a national transit policy. This stupid and silly minibus, ZR and what ever other name they go by is just madness. Ban these modes of transport and revitalize the transport board. The transport board is unable to make money and improve service because all the profitable routes are given to these crazy people that’s why.

    Government is going to wait until a bunch of tourists come here and die in one of these senseless accidents before something is done. They vehicles are a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER to the travelling public, get them off the roads.

    People always say that a poor man got to make a living, but this business is darn criminal and if I were an insurance company, I would refuse to insure these criminals.

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  40. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers May 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    So true Akiba Bruce even my bf dat was up front helped out these ppl wid dem negative comments could stop doh…

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  41. Kimberley Will
    Kimberley Will May 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    All zr/minibus drivers are not bad,not even the majority of them are bad.(ask the ppl who actually catch these vans) Half of the time,the ppl who are commenting negatively about them,don’t even catch van. Stop painting everybody with the same brush.

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  42. jr smith May 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Could the reason ,why nothing is seen to be done, is it because the people who we are waiting for something to be done, are the owners of the said vehicles.
    Why everything in Barbados is made to look so hard to achieve.

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  43. heather May 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    one of the safest drivers on the wansted route,very pleasant and courtiest at all times he and his conductor are loved by all,wishing him a speedy recovery and praying that everyone will not paint paint him with the same brush as the other psv crew

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  44. Kathyann Graham May 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    How can one assume the driver was reckless have you ever driven with him before do you know what is route 3 where it goes where to catch it because of being a retired “NYPD” how many transport board buses have been in accidents , how many drive off before letting the elderly sit ,curse school children and other passengers ,talk on their cell phones while driving and are reckless or drive over 50 mph all zr drivers are not the same how many people on that route can say he is a reckless driver were you with him when the accident occurred let the “RBPF do their job and investigate it could have been worse and he could have tried to avoid it from being that way who knows give some of the PSV drivers some credit they are few good ones. Give some of the expertise to the “RBPF” to get some of the guns off the streets, find missing persons,solve murder cases twenty years old, drugs, domestic violence and some of the other things that killing our society that they can’t seem to handle . I’m sure most of us broke the speed limit at some time or did something to make another driver or pedestrian fling a hand judge not and let he not be judged

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  45. Bostonian May 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I hope the government would wake up and do something about those damn death traps that drives around Barbados treating people like cattle driving crazy with no respect for other vehicles in the street ,start locking they ass up and send a strong message to the operators of those vehicles

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  46. Mhizzez Sade Boo
    Mhizzez Sade Boo May 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Listen to me Tony Applewhaite shut u blasted mouth man u don’t know d hell that happen I was in d van n know wa happen stop branding ppl cause all van men Int the same…ppl like u deserves to walk fa d rest of u life ppl like u will keep on hating. I pray that every one else is OK n recovers well

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  47. Tiony Waterman May 18, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    @Tony Applewhaite!!! speeding and reckless driving i would not ever get in a ZR business again i would walk first
    loud music, lawless and reckless driving lead to this crash
    That is why i wait for the Transport Bus Only, and even they are sometimes a little Reckless.
    @Maria Leclair!! “”Hefty Insurance Rates”” They are already paying those, they need to be given a limit for Collissions/Accidents, and if exceeded insurance Cancelled and MTW Informed. i have a friend in New jersey whose car was hit 3 times by Deer on the Highway, and the Insurance Company Cancelled his Insurance after the 3rd incident with the Deer. had nothing to do with speeding, dangerous driving etc.
    I was and still is a Licenced Drive in Barbados since 1964 , I also drive in Canada, and the USA, and i did a little in the UK, and i fail to see an accident like this occouring in Barbados if the Rules of the Road are adhered to, we have more accident PER CAPITA than any of the do, WHY?????

    @Sandra Mayers!!! “The driver of the ZR was not playing music loud NOR was he driving lawless or reckless he is one of the BEST drivers pun the Wanstead route.” How do you know that, were you one of the Victims, seeing that he was not even driving on his approved route??? perhaps he was hurring to get back to his APPROVED route before being caught.

    @Nadia Maynard!!!Sure, Johnny that just Kill those two men at the Rum Shop was a good Boy too, (Hope you get my Point )there is always a “Moment of Weakness”

    @jr smith!!!!””is it a matter of who owns the vehicles”” something might be done when they stop letting Politicians, Civil Servants,Policemen etc Own and operate these Vehicles.
    “”BANG BANG”” That’s you hitting the Spike squarely on the Head.

    @Patrick Blackman!!!I have absolutely no problem with your Comment, except that, why should something only be done to save The Tourists, what about these 13 Bajans, don’t they too not NEED some type of Protection also???

    When all is said and done, we still need to have these road Warriors hauled in, there are a NUISANCE and a hazard on the Roads, and that is wather this guy did anything Wrong or not.
    Just my Humble Opinion.

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  48. Tony Waterman May 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    @Sharon King!!! This Statement is part of the story as reported in the Barbados Today Online Newspspaper, it is either TRUE or a figment of the Reporters Imagination. “”It was not immediately clear what the public service vehicle, which is a Wanstead, St Michael, Route 3, was doing carrying passengers along St Thomas.”” so!!! How do you know that this vehicle which was Licensed to operate in Wanstead St.Michael, was NOT off Route when this accident occoured at the corner of Strong Hope, St Thomas, near Proute.?? are you the Licencing Authority, or did the Licencing Authority teld you this.???

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    • Sharon king May 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Tony waterman i know they were not off rout roe because the van was on hire coming back from a picnic and I know the driver and I live on the wanstead route so there smart ass who think you have all the answers

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    • Sharon king May 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      What the reporter should have done is ask why the vehicle was on that Route before making statements to be misread by the likes of people like you

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