Police hold minibus driver in fatal Essequibo crash

Stabroek News
April 25, 2003

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The driver of the minibus which overturned on the Essequibo Coast on Wednesday while transporting UG students on a field trip, was held by police after receiving treatment for his injuries.

The accident resulted in the death of 26-year-old final year architecture student Patrick Paul and serious injuries to three students who were air-dashed to the city.

Reports reaching Stabroek News yesterday indicated that speeding may have been responsible for the accident.

A Government Information Agency (GINA) release quoted an eyewitness to the accident as saying that the bus was travelling north along the Lima Public Road when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and the bus rolled about six times ending up near the Lima Coffee Grove culvert.

Stabroek News was unable to ascertain whether the driver had been released up to press time last night.

Meanwhile the university in a press statement extended condolences to the family and friends of Paul and wished the injured students a speedy recovery.

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