An accident at Smyth and D’Urban streets around 4.15 pm yesterday has claimed the life of a man and left several passengers of a Route 41 minibus nursing injuries.
Up to press time the man was unidentified.
Passengers were rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital by the Guyana Police Force and public-spirited persons. Many of the persons suffered cuts and bruises about their bodies and were treated and sent away. The driver of the minibus, Osafo Edghill 29, of 94 North Ruimveldt has been admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.
Stabroek News was told that the minibus, BVV 5273 was travelling east on D’Urban Street when a Toyota Tacoma pickup, GRR 8350, which was proceeding south on Smyth Street, crashed into the minibus.
As a result of the impact, eyewitnesses said the minibus toppled and the pickup slammed into a car, PLL 4474 parked in front of the Classique Sports Bar.
Nathan Eversely, an injured passenger of the minibus told Stabroek News that from the time they left the park the driver of the minibus was driving at a moderate speed. He explained that from where he was sitting in the bus he noticed the Tacoma travelling at a fast rate from Brickdam heading south. Eversely said the driver of the Tacoma “didn’t even hit no brakes, he fly straight into the bus.”
He went on to say that the driver of the pickup escaped from the scene before the passengers were freed.
Public-spirited persons who responded to the accident had to rescue the passengers.
Stabroek News was told that the driver of the Tacoma was the lone occupant of that vehicle. Eversely added that all the passengers of the bus were at the hospital seeking medical attention.
Police investigations are ongoing.