Police sources say the bus, driven by Anthony Ghirawoo of Marigot with one passenger, was heading north, while the car, driven by Kalila Abubkr of Morne Fortune, Castries, also with one passenger, was heading in a southerly direction. The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m.
Ghirawoo and his passenger – Laurentia Leo – had enough time to exit the bus after it capsized. It exploded shortly after they escaped.
Leo, a St. Lucian residing in Martinique who was due to travel today, sustained a laceration to the left knee, among other blows. She was transported to hospital in the police vehicle.
Efforts to use a small extinguisher by the police proved futile. Sources say only one fireman was at the nearby fire station, and he was not officially on duty due to the ongoing strike action by the Fire Service Association.
However, he eventually arrived on the scene with a fire truck which had no water. By the time he returned with another fire truck, the bus was totally destroyed.