Prisoners and drivers injured in road crash

| 10/02/2009

(CNS): Five people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash involving a prison bus and a Ford Escort, which occurred shortly before 7:00 pm yesterday. The collision happened on the East West Arterial in the vicinity of Lantern Point, an area already proving to be something of an accident black-spot. Police said the vehicles collided head on sustaining serious damage, while the passengers were taken to hospital.

The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from an off-duty special constable at approximately 6:45 pm on Monday evening, 9 February, reporting that a government bus and a car had collided and a number of people were complaining of injury. Police and medics responded to the scene and found that a white Mitsubishi L300 bus being used by the prison to carry some of the prison football team and a green Ford Escort had collided.

Police stated that it appeared that the Escort had been heading towards Bodden Town and the bus had been travelling towards George Town when the vehicles collided head on. Both vehicles sustained serious damage. The drivers of each vehicle were injured and taken to hospital for treatment. Three passengers on the bus were also taken to hospital for treatment. All appeared to be suffering from minor injuries.

The Commissioner of Corrections, Dr. William Rattray, stated that he was relieved that no-one had sustained serious injuries and that the police investigation would determine the cause of the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Traffic Management Unit on 946-6254.

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  1. noname says:

    Well, I must admit that I’ve noticed the police sitting occasionally in the Ocean Club parking lot carrying out radar checks and I’m quite sure this is only because some of the residents in the Spotts area has repeatedly complained about the speeders on the Spotts straight-away. However, I still say that the police should spend more time policing other offences on the road rather than wasting a huge amount of time on other matters such as carrying out personal lengthy surveillances of disqualified drivers with hopes of having another opportunity to take these people back to court in order to attack their credibility etc. so that they can brag about it to their fellow police officers during happy hour. Come on guys, surely you have other more important duties to attend to. Police the round-a-bouts, target the distracted cell phone users that drive at 20 mph, ticket the drivers with the annoying blue headlights that can cause accidents and yes, put some of that effort in hounding us disqualified drivers into remembering to turn your damn sirens on sometimes when you’re flying thru traffic, even if it’s because you can’t wait to get to Burger King or pick your kids up from school!! 

  2. Cathy Glass says:

    I agree with the last question? It makes no sense that they should hit each other head on! One of them has to have been on the wrong side of the road…puzzling…but not surprising, drivers get more and more inconsiderate each day.  So sad.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How many more accidents will there be before that stretch of road is re-surfaced?

    Even a slight rain shower makes it as slippery as an ice-rink… something is obviously wrong with the tarmac.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Given the outrageous speeds driven along that section of road as well as Spotts Shamrock raceway, (the west bound 2 lane road) it amazes me that there are not more fatalities. Every day I see speeders going 60. Where are the police???

    The little speed monitor left at the side of the road is a joke, start giving out tickets that will slow people down. Drivers weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds…where are the police???

    You could easily give 25 tickets per day to speeders along these 2 stretches of road. Why isn’t it done???


  5. Anonymous says:

    how can that happen when the east and west bound carriageways at that portion of the road are in fact separated by a concrete central reservation?