1 dead, 4 critical in 3-vehicle smash-up

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An unidentified man is now lying in the mortuary of the Georgetown Public Hospital with his body torn in two following a three-vehicle smash-up at the intersection of Smyth and D’Urban Streets, Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.
The Hospital’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mitzy Campbell also confirmed that four other persons, including a pedestrian, are in critical condition nursing severe wounds to their bodies.
The accident occurred around 16:00h. Minibus BVV 5273 was said to be proceeding along D’Urban Street heading to South Georgetown when it was struck from behind by a black Tundra which was said to be speeding along Smyth Street headed North.
The Tundra, bearing registration GRR 8350, then hit a parked blue Allion before coming to a halt.
According to information received,  after being struck, the minibus which was said to be fully loaded toppled a number of times.
Several injured persons, including a six-year-old and 16-year-old Brian DeSantos, had to be pulled from the mangled minibus, some in an unconscious state.
The now dead man was said to be half in and half out of the minibus; hence his horrific injuries.

The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accident

The driver of the minibus is among those said to be battling for their lives in the emergency Unit of the Hospital.
The driver of the Tundra who was confirmed by eyewitnesses to be a woman fled the scene.
This publication visited the Hospital and was able to speak to a number of those who were injured.
One of the passengers of the minibus, who identified herself as Lynette, relayed that she felt an impact before the bus started to topple.
“All I know is that the bus got hit, and it toppled and then fall on its side. Everybody started to holler and everybody started to hold onto each other and when I come out of the bus, one man I saw half of his body was inside the bus and half was outside. After that, people start running to help us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The woman, who is also the mother of the injured six-year-old, said her son injured his leg.
Urlan Nedd, another badly injured man, explained to this newspaper that just as the bus went over the ‘double corner’ at Smyth Street, it was “lashed” by the Tundra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He added that the bus started to “spin” before it turned onto its side. The man received injuries to his head, chest and extremities.
The Police are currently investigating the matter and a manhunt was launched for the errant driver, who is also said to be injured.

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