Twelve students injured in 'RZ' bus accident at Maria's Delight

Stabroek News
March 11, 2000

Just three days after a tragic accident on the East Coast Demerara claimed the lives of 12 persons, another overloaded mini-bus was involved in an accident which resulted in 12 schoolchildren being injured.

The accident occurred on Thursday at Maria's Delight, Essequibo Coast which is located about three miles from Charity.

Imran Mohamed, a resident of Maria's Delight, said that the vehicle called 'the Brotherhood' was speeding shortly before the accident occurred. Mohamed told Stabroek News that he was in his yard when he saw the white 'RZ' mini-bus speed past and overtake another, which was also speeding.

The accident occurred at about 1600 hrs not far from the home of fish farmer Pedro Baharally, who told this newspaper that he rushed to the scene with a first aid kit to attend to the injured. The children are said to be from the Charity Secondary School.

A police press release yesterday said that it was raining at the time of the accident and that the driver of the mini-bus, which police said was overloaded, lost control, ran off the road and overturned.

The police said that the 12 children all suffered injuries but none critical. Six were treated and sent home.

According to unconfirmed reports reaching Stabroek News, the mini-bus hit a patch of mud on the road and the driver lost control. It overturned and ended up in a trench. Residents and passing vehicles quickly rushed to assistance.

The driver and conductor of the mini-bus are in police custody and are expected to appear in court on Monday. The police are investigating.

This accident comes in the wake of Monday's shocking accident at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara in which a mini-bus returning from Mashramani celebrations in Berbice, carrying 28 persons, slammed into a sand truck heading in the opposite direction. Twelve persons died.