Former world-rated Guyanese boxer, Vivian Harris, narrowly escaped death when the minibus he was driving exploded into a ball of flames in heavy traffic on the East Bank highway around 9:50 hrs this morning.
Mr. Harris told INews that he, along with the owner of the bus and another person, were on their way to a mechanic ‘over the river’ (West Bank) since the bus was stuttering every time it stopped.
Harris said he heard a loud explosion and soon after noticed smoke emanating from the bottom of the bus. “We just run out and started getting water and throw it…as we jump out the fire got higher and higher and the neighbours started helping us,” he commented.
The bus, bearing registration number BJJ 1801, was travelling from Georgetown and heading up the East Bank of Demerara when it exploded in the vicinity of Eccles. It is not clear what caused the fire, but persons at the scene speculate that the bus ‘over heated’. A bucket brigade was formed but the bus was completely damaged. Fire fighters arrived on the scene while the bus was still on fire. No one was reported injured.