Family weeps for Troy
ONE MAN WAS killed and another 29 injured after a car and a Transport Board bus collided along Lemon Arbor St John yesterday.
Thirty-six year old Troy Ifill, of Haggatt Hall, St Michael, was the sole occupant in the car when the accident occurred.
His brother Charles Hunte said he had not yet seen the body but understood his brother was gone.
A weeping Charles described Troy as a fun-loving person who was always smiling.
“He liked a lot of fun; he was always happy. I understand he was on his way home from Lemon Arbor . . . . I got a phone call telling me my brother was in an accident and badly hurt but when I got here I see the car mash up and a man tell me he dead.
“If I had known that was the case, I could have prepared better,” the distraught man said, adding he was still in a state of disbelief.
His father Griffin “Mingus” Hunte said Troy had two young children – Nicolai, eight, and Shaquana, four.
In addition, he said Troy had three siblings – Charles, Tenisha and Khiomal Hunte.
A large number of family and friends gathered in support.
Troy’s mother Sonia Smart was inconsolable and was seen sobbing with concerned family close by.
Police reported the bus driver as Eric Haynes, 53. The accident occurred around 5:45 p.m.
Seven people were transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital via ambulance. Of those two were critically injured, while the others were treated on-site.
The mass casualty response was led by Dr Suresh Thani and Dr David Byer in addition to another doctor and nurses.
They were assisted by personnel the Royal Barbados Police Force; the Barbados Defence Force; the Barbados Fire Service, led by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard; the Roving Response Team; the Barbados Ambulance Service and the Transport Board, which provided an additional bus for the less badly injured.
Ifill is the third road fatality for the year.