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9078: 22 Haitians in Accident in Nassau, Bahamas (fwd)
From: Daniel Schweissing <email@example.com>
Haitians in accident
Released Monday, September 17, 2001 at 10:07 am EST by Vanessa Rolle
Girl, 15, serious after truck with 22 Haitians overturns
By VANESSA C ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
A 15-year-old girl is in serious condition after another 21 Haitians were
injured in a traffic accident off Carmichael Road yesterday. The 22 Haitian
nationals were travelling on board a small white pick-up truck.
It was reported that the group, who were travelling on the back of the
truck, were returning home from church shortly after 12 noon when the
overcrowded vehicle overturned and landed on top of them.
Persons injured ranged from age five to 61 years.
An eyewitness reported that, "There were two cars behind the truck and I
felt as if the truck made a sharp turn. And because of it being overloaded
with about 20 persons in the back of it, it just flipped over and landed on
about half of them. Then it flipped again and it happen to bounce off them."
The eyewitness said that he proceeded to help those who seemed to be
injured, pulled them from the truck and tried to made them comfortable.
The majority of passengers in the truck were mostly children, with some of
them receiving bruises and lacerations to the head and arms.
Another eyewitness reported that when the ambulance first arrived on the
scene, only one driver and one paramedic was on the scene.
" I don't see how that could possibly happen with so many people injured,"
the eyewitness said.
Two ambulances were on the scene with their medical teams around 1 p.m. but
that was not sufficient manpower to handle such a tragedy and emergency
medical technicians from Doctors Hospital were also summoned to the scene.
Some of the injured persons also had to be transported to the hospital in
Princess Margaret Hospital officials yesterday confirmed that the 22
accident victims were treated at the hospital, with most of them
fortunately, only having sustained minor injuries.
Copyright (c) 2001 by Nassau Guardian
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