PORT OF SPAIN –– Nineteen children were involved in a mid-morning accident involving two maxi taxis on the Priority Bus Route in Tunapuna. Luckily, none of them were severely injured.
Around 9:30 a.m., Keelan Joseph was driving his 24-seater maxi in an easterly direction when he stopped by the steps at the tunnel to pick up a passenger. As the woman was walking to get her seat, Joseph’s maxi was struck by another maxi taxi.
Richard Harnarine, from Cunupia, also driving a 24-seater maxi, was carrying 19 students from D&D Educational Centre in St Joseph. Harnarine hit Joseph’s maxi in the rear, shattering the back glass. Joseph’s maxi had only eight passengers and no one was sitting in the back at the time.
Within minutes of the accident, members of the Fire Service, the Police Service and the Prison Service were on the scene to assist.
T&T Guardian understands that the people who saw the accident were able to help get the children out of the maxi.
The children sat at the side of the road while the emergency medical technicians (EMT) assessed them. While the children appeared visibly shaken and scared, none of them sustained major injuries. One girl, however, said her arm was hurting. The EMTs wrapped the arm in a makeshift sling using a towel and took her off to the hospital in an ambulance.
Harnarine was also taken to Mount Hope in an ambulance after he spoke with the police and fire officers.