Several injured as taxi driven by fireman topples in avoiding collision

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Five Haitians and one Guyanese- identified as a leading fireman attached to the Fire Station headquartered in Georgetown- were injured following an accident involving a donkey on the Number 53 Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice on Friday morning.

Injured are Dossier Farantazcia, 15, Dia Doxine, 19, Helas Naima, 5, Dossier James, 15, and Jean Pierra, 15, all of Haiti. Guyanese, Marvin Watts of Number 53 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, also received minor injuries.

Based on information received from Police Public Relations Officer, Jairam Ramlakhan, the accident occurred around 05:15hrs.

Inews understands that Watts, who was the driver of HC 5547 was travelling north along the western side of the public road, with the Haitians as occupants in his vehicle.

He was reportedly driving at a fast rate when he noticed a donkey crossing the road from west to east. In a bid to avoid crashing into the animal, Watts reportedly swerved east and in doing so, lost control of the vehicle causing it to topple several times.

The six were rushed to the Skeldon Public Hospital and one of the teenagers, along with Watts were treated for minor injuries.

The other passengers of the vehicle were transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.

A breathalyzer test conducted on Watts proved that he was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Nevertheless, he is presently in police custody as investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)

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