Guyana: Five die in Fairfield Mahaicony as Minibus Crashes into Truck

  • tyre blow-out seen as cause

Dead are Keon Sealey, 33, a nurse attached to Mahaicony Hospital; Alana Vaughn, 31, a second year medical student at the University of Guyana (UG) and a medic; Ewart Reynolds, 64 of Calcutta, Mahaicony; Seechan Chandilall of Lot 102 Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice and Maxwell Disraeli Montgomery Thom, 76 of Lot 36, No.3 Village West Coast Berbice. Both Sealey and Vaughn are from Farm, Mahaicony;

Those injured were identified as Cecil Gordon, 46, of Farm, Mahaicony; David Jacobs, 60, his daughter 15-year-old Angela Jacobs, both of Moraikobai, Mahaicony and Sherlon Wills, 46, of Lot 30 Helena, Mahaica.


A closeup of the mangled minibus

The Banks Beverage Truck

The information so far revealed that the accident occurred after a Route 50 minibus allegedly collided with a Banks DIH truck laden with beverages.

The Guyana Police Force said the accident occurred at about 11:10 a.m. and involved minibus BRR 5478 driven by Seechan Chandilall of lot 102 Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, and lorry GPP 9433 driven by Sherlon Wills, aged 46 of lot 30 Helena, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.

Police say they were informed that the minibus was proceeding west along the southern side of the road when it experienced a ‘blow-out’ of the left side rear wheel which caused the driver to lose control and crashed into the left front portion of the lorry that was proceeding east along the northern side of the road.

As a result of the crash, the beer cases spilled on to the road causing a temporary halt in the flow of traffic. Police, with the assistance of public-spirited residents, spent hours clearing away the broken debris to allow vehicles to pass.

It was only on November 30 that four persons were killed in a gruesome crash on the Nismes Public road while five were killed in the October 15 Friendship smash up just mere weeks apart.

This gruesome crash comes only one day after the Commissioner of Police, Leslie James announced the launch of ‘Operation Safe Roads’ – implemented to address the recklessness seen over the past months on Guyana’s roadways.

The Commissioner pleaded with the general populace to “adjust their attitudes” and exercise caution when using the roadways.

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  • kamtanblog  On 12/19/2019 at 4:20 am

    One solution is to introduce “dual carriage ways” on all major roads.
    Also introduce speed limits 30mph on all
    major roads with cameras to monitor.
    Not to mention drink drive laws.
    It’s not rocket science.

    Sack minister of transport.
    Sack police chief (traffic)

    Every life or limb lost on roads is one
    too many.
    No ifs or buts
    Way forward


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