Two killed, 18 injured in Hanover crash
A motor vehicle crash along a section of the Barbican main road in Hanover yesterday morning claimed the lives of two drivers and left 18 other persons, including three teenagers, injured.
The deceased have been identified as Kevaughn Sutherland of High Level Road in Sandy Bay and Everton 'Wanga' Riley, a bus driver of a Lucea address.
According to the Sandy Bay police, shortly after 11:40 a.m., Riley was carrying several passengers in a blue Toyota Hiace minibus heading towards Lucea from Sandy Bay.
While negotiating a slight bend, Sutherland, who was driving a grey Nissan Tiida motor car, reportedly swerved to avoid hitting a large pothole in his lane and collided with the oncoming bus.
Both vehicles were severely damaged with police, firefighters, and other motorists working to free Riley from the mangled bus.
The injured passengers and drivers were rushed to the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, where Riley and Sutherland were pronounced dead.
Two of the 18 passengers have reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries.
BAD ROAD CONDITIONS
Motorists at the scene directed their anger at the local authorities, saying that not enough is being done to improve the road conditions.
"The man dem wouldn't dead if dem fix the pothole inna the road," bus driver Andre Foster said.
"A pure pothole inna the road from Lucea straight a MoBay," he added. "If wi, as drivers, don't careful a day time, wi kill off wiself and all a wi passenger dem."
He said that there was another accident at the location on Sunday "Because some pothole inna the road dem deep like a pit".
"The Government need fi fix the road dem. Everyday the police come tek set pon wi and look pon the road dem weh wi haffi a drive pon. The man dem don't have no heart. Dem interested fi give ticket and collect money a tax office, but dem nuh interested fi fix the road dem," another angry bus driver said.
Since the start of the year, 13 persons have lost their lives in nine separate road crashes in Hanover.