Teacher, six students perish in Burma accident

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By Fareeza Haniff

One of the bodies being removed.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – An accident on the Burma Branch Road (Right Bank, Mahaicony River, Region 5) has left a teacher and six of her students dead.

iNews has confirmed that the teacher, identified as Shondell Duke and her students of Augsburg Primary School were returning from Mashramani activities when tragedy struck.

Regional Chairman, Bindrabhan Bisnauth told iNews that it is unclear how the accident occurred since the now dead teacher was driving and the Burma Branch Road is not a heavily trafficked area. He explained that the possibility exists that the students and teacher were left there for a quite some time before any assistance was rendered.

Dead: Shondell Duke

According to the Regional Chairman, a vehicle was coming out of the road when the driver noticed the car partially submerged in a canal.

Police later clarified that the motor vehicle turned turtle in the canal along the Burma Road, Mahaicony, ECD.

According to the police, it is suspected that the teacher  had lost control of the vehicle as they were returning home from the school Mash event.
The children who lost their lives in the incident are Martina Persaud, 7 years; Asia Abel, 10 years; Azikia Fraser, 6 years; Adeshe Woolford, 9 years; Justin Abel, 8 years; and Rayden Abel, 7 years, all of Mahaicony.
The teacher and her students were rushed to the Mahaicony Hospital where they were pronounced dead.