(SNO) – Tragedy has struck at a carnival event in Sarrot, Castries.
Reports are that over 50 persons sustained injuries after a truck (band) accelerated, injuring most of the persons who were hanging to a rope behind the band.
Emergency services received the report just before 5 p.m.
A source said the injured got “tangled and dragged” in the ropes after the truck unexpectedly accelerated.
Some of the injured were transported to hospital via private vehicle and ambulance.
A medical source said a large number of persons were admitted to hospital with broken bones and abrasions.
The band involved in the incident – Valley Carnival Band De’Sole – posted an apology on Facebook: (unedited) “We would like to apologize it’s Unfortunate some of our people have gotten injured today we are investigating what happen for now we are ensuring the persons who got injured is taken care of that is priority for us now. We will give an update later.”
One of the injured persons also posted on Facebook (unedited): “Today we could’ve lost our lives but thankfully the most high wasn’t ready for us… yes we got hurt but by the grace of the most high we’re ok…… dezole admin yall hve alot of questions to answer over 3 hours now we vh…. over 50 casualties n not 1 person from the band to check on us.”