A 17-month-old baby appeared to have escaped injury in today’s minibus accident at Gibbs, St Peter, while others suffered trauma to the head, chest, neck and abdomen, according to a statement from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
The driver, identified by police as Wendell Piyotte of Upper Mount Standfast, was among those injured when he lost control of the minibus and it turned over on its side shortly after 4 pm.
According to the QEH statement: “There were 19 passengers involved in the accident and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. There was one infant, a 17-month-old baby involved in the accident. However, the child is showing no obvious signs of injury. As of 5:36 pm the advanced medical post at the scene reported five critically injured, four severely injured and 11 with minor injuries. Injuries consist of head trauma, chest, neck and abdominal trauma.”
Patients were transported to the QEH in a collaborated effort via QEH ambulances, Barbados Defence Force ambulances, Red Cross ambulances, private ambulances and the Transport Board. Personnel from the Barbados Fire Service, the Roving Response Team and the Department of Emergency Management also responded to the accident scene.
Hospital CEO and incident commander Dr Dexter James commended the Emergency Ambulance Response team and the QEH’s Accident and Emergency staff for their expeditious response to the mass casualty event.
He also joined police public relations officer Inspector David Welch in pleading with motorists to be more careful on the roads.
“I would like to make a plea to motorists and in particular, those involved in public transport, to exercise due care and attention on the roads to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers,” James said.
In the early hours of today, 18-year-old Xavier Mansour died when the car he was driving collided with a vehicle driven by Franco Diamanti, 45, on Rendezvous Road, at its junction with Amity Lodge.