As a distraught St Michael family mourn the loss
of their love one, who was snatched from them in a
vehicular accident on his way to work at a St James
location early yesterday morning, they await answers
to the circumstances which claimed his life, just months
after they had buried their mother.
This afternoon, at their Brittons Hill, St Michael
home, sisters Joyce Blackman and Margaret Mcintosh
told Barbados TODAY they were saddened that
their older brother 62-year-old George Anthony
Blackman, a gardener of 7th Avenue, Harts Gap, Christ
Church, had died on the spot at Eagle Hall when two
buses collided at the intersection, coming to rest
in the area just in front of the popular R.A. Mapp’s
Bar& Grocery –– and just weeks after celebrated his
birthday with his twin sister Dorothy.
The accident, just after 5:20 a.m. and involving the
minibus driven by 37-yearold,
Kelvin Hall, of Airley
Tenantry Road, Hinds Hill, St Michael, and a Transport
Board vehicle driven by 42-year-old Tyrone King, put
the lives of 32 others at risk.
According to police reports, the deceased who was
at the time, sitting at the back of the public service
vehicle, was thrown from that vehicle.
Blackman, who collapsed when she arrived at the
scene with Blackman’s twin sister and his niece, before
they could identify his crumpled and disfigured body
that lay between the back of B55, in which he was
travelling, and a corner of the galvanized fence of R.A.
Mapp’s, said: “We really ain’t know too much about it,
only what we hear.
“We don’t know what happened because we were
not there. People have different versions of what went
on but we don’t know because we wasn’t there,”
Blackman recalled that she was at work at Hopefield
Stables, Christ Church, when she received the tragic
news –– which she believed would remain fresh in her
memory for a long time to come.
“Some person told me that my brother was one
of the people that was in the accident. So I called my
sister, his twin, and she told me she would call me
back. When she called me back she told me it was him
that get killed and that we have to go and identify the
body,” said Blackman.
And while they await the answers yet to come, the
siblings say their sibling was a very quiet person who
was always willing to lend a helping hand to others,
whether he knew you or not.
“It is unfortunate that . . . he died on his way to
work. We now bury my mother; we ain’t get over
my mother death yet. It is not even two good months
yet we buried my mother. She died in November,”
Mcintosh, the last of five children lamented.
As for Blackman’s twin Dorothy who was too
distraught to speak, the sisters said they did not
know how she would cope, because, the two always
maintained a close relationship and shared many
“I don’t think it going to be good for her because
that is a bond . . . The two of them came together,”