Accident leaves one dead, several injured

NATASHA BECKLES, natashabeckles@nationnews.com

Added 09 January 2014

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One person is dead and more than 12 injured, in an accident at Eagle Hall junction, St Michael between a Transport Board bus and a minibus. Unconfirmed reports suggest the accident occured just after 5:30 a.m when the minibus, B55, travelling from Oistins to Speighstown, and BM54, travelling from Rock Hall to Bridgetown collided at the traffic lights. The deceased is reported to have been a pedestrian while three of the seriously injured were in the back of the minibus. The mass casualty response was mobilized and by 6:37 six ambulances, two fire tenders, the Defence Force, Roving Response team, members of the police including Special Services Unit were on the scene. The injured were removed from the minibus, some after the fire service used the Jaws of Life to gain access to it, and were assessed under the mass casualty staging tent on the Rubis gas station compound.  The first ambulance left the scene for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 7:05 a.m with the second following a minute later. Meanwhile, police diverted traffic away from the scene. There were officers at Lower Bank Hall, Tudor Bridge opposite the Power In the Blood church, Eagle Hall near Sawh shop, on the Deacons Road corner in Black Rock. The diversion created major traffic woes. Long lines of morning commuters who would normally travel through Eagle Hall on their way to the City or to St James, Government Hill, Green Hill and beyond were seen in the minor roads adjoining this major artery. Scores of onlookers converged on the scene in this heavily populated area. More details as they come to hand. (SP)  

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