A primary school student is dead and another in hospital after an accident involving a minibus, HN113, just outside Lodge Village Government School around 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Head of the Traffic Branch, Superintendent of Police Kenneth John, told I-Witness News that the dead child is 9-year-old Kunjah Browne of Redemption Sharpes.
Browne, along with the injured child, who has been identified as Neeka Clifton, was a student of the Lodge Village Government School.
There were reports at the scene that the injured child, who was rushed to Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, had died.
But John told I-Witness News around 6 p.m. That police officers dispatched to the healthcare facility had provided no such reports.
He identified the driver of the minibus as Richard Barboo, 29, of Fountain, but declined to comments on the circumstances surrounding the incident.
A child dies and another is injured in a minibus accident in St. Vincent
Posted by iWitness News on Monday, October 19, 2015
I-Witness’s News understands that Browne was seated in the back left side of the minibus when the accident occurred.
We were told that his head hit against a utility pole to the left of the road as the van was travelling in the direction of Redemption Sharpes.
The minibus ran over Clifton during the accident.
Browne’s father, Garnet Browne, of Redemption Sharpes, is said to have beaten the bus driver at the scene before the grieving father was led away by police.
The dead child’s mother, Desra Robinson, of Sion hill, had to be assisted by a doctor at the scene after she fainted.
Bardoo’s mother wailed at she arrived at the scene and realised that the van involved in the incident was, in fact, the one that her son drives.
The incident again raises the issue of the safety of the nation’s students and other persons while using public transportation.
Monday’s accident comes days after the conclusion of a coroner’s inquest into the death of seven students at Rock Gutter on Jan. 12.
The students died when a minibus in which they were travelling careened downhill and plunged into the sea.