One man is dead and more than 50 people injured after two mass casualty road accidents occurred within just over an hour of each other on Saturday.
Troy Ifill, 35, of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael died in the first accident at Lemon Arbor, St John when the car he was driving collided with a Transport Board bus, driven by 53-year-old Eric Haynes, around 5 pm.
Police and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital reported that 29 people were injured but only seven of those had to be transported to the QEH via ambulance. Of these two are critically injured.
The second accident occurred at Windsor Road, St Philip near the junction with Brighton and Lower Greys, at approximately 6:10 pm when a minibus, driven by 41-year-old Ricardo Browne of Cutting Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, overturned.
Two other vehicles – a motor van driven by George Smith, 61, of Ruby Park, St. Philip and a car driven by David West, 75, of Searles Plantation, Christ Church in which his 71-year-old wife Ann Marie West was a passenger – were also involved in that accident.
The report from the scene listed a total of 25 persons injured with one critically injured, four severely injured but stable, 11 treated and discharged at the scene of the accident. The remaining nine with minor injuries were transported to the QEH via a Transport Board bus.
Injuries consist mostly of abdominal and chest trauma as well as lacerations.
In addition to doctors and ambulance teams from the QEH and Barbados Defence Force, the Department of Emergency Management, the Barbados Fire Service and the Roving Response Team responded to the accidents.
In a statement issued after the two accidents, acting chief executive officer and head of the Incident Command at the QEH Louise Bobb reiterated the sentiments expressed by hospital CEO Dexter James after last month’s mass casualty event, for motorists and the travelling public to exercise due care and attention when traversing the island’s roads.