Bus explodes after collision in Dennery

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Bus explodes after collision in Dennery


One person sustained injuries when a minibus collided with a car and burst into flames along the Richfond Highway in Dennery Saturday night.

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.


 

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  1. this is not the first time a fire truck has been called out and it's empty this has been happening for years, the excuse is leaving the water in the tanks cause it to rust and the other is the weight factor on the suspension, water is heavy it's 10 lbs to every gallon but still this is no excuse.

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  2. The guys are not Important why full the trucks with water. You guys can't read nor understand? because he had a heart he came back with one filled with water. There was an accident in the south the police had to carry the victims to hospital themselves, a former fireman told the Police we are not important! now that Mr esnard he would have to do community work everyday in Bexon, because I would never go to bexon to do anything as long as he Lives there. When Bexon people kick him out of there I would go there to work.

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  3. i love it how st.lucians generate hate towards one another and blame government hahahahahaah soo cute

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    • Kaks, WTF. Defective, what business you have driving a defective truck anyway. I have been around the fire service and its members for at least 10 years. Protocol as far as I know says that no fireman responds to a fire alone. He should have never left the station since his support system was not there. Choops, trying to play hero with an empty fire truck!

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  4. blah blah blah blah, st.lucians just like to beat their ***. Maybe the first questions you should ask was why was the truck empty in the first place? is the truck defective? has the defect been reported ?how many times has the defect been reported? and why has this defect not been addressed?

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  5. All bus drivers shud be removed from he road and re trained how to drive - they are all nut jobs and accidents waiting to happen - as for the fire dept.... lol lol lol

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  6. lmao.
    Are we in Nigeria or Africa Now?

    How can a fire Truck come on a scene without water?

    Where kind of protocol is this?

    Are you stating due to strike action, that fire trucks should be empty of water of water also, which is the base to extinguish fires?

    Where are we going in this country.

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  7. I think is high time they kick these fools out of government so our island can start seeing some light again

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  8. When Mr. Fidel Esnard made the statement there is no need for firemen,the proof is in the pudding,so whats the need to drive a firetruck with no water in it lol lol,so if the ST LUCIA FIRE SERVICE did exactly that, who am i to complain.This can only happen in the St Lucia simply beautiful.

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  9. Omg.....he arrived on the scene with no water in the fire truck? Lol....hilarious! Smh....only in st Lucia! !!!

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  10. The fire truck had no water because we don't need firemen lol. They can go on strike all they want buy I know the country don't need firemen. Bus burnt clean without any firemen. Nature wise did the fire ask u for water no that means we don't need firemen lol.

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  11. He should been at his home on strike. EN ROUGE BETTER DAYS. Not even the fire service all you can handle, but all you trying yo handle an economy. Lol. Maybe all you need a consultant. Well fire the chief and hire him back as a consultant, since all you ain' t wanna touch him. Even King handled our affairs bettee, sad to say.SMH Power hungry and greedy politicians. EN ROUGE. (Blood, fire)

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  12. There is no reason to leave the station without water. It is the reason for being. It is like a school bus forgetting to pick up any kids.

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  13. this is what you all st lucian should be concern about whose house in next ah chew zot
    leave people zafer alone

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  14. Essential services like fire, police, medical etc. should not be allowed to go on strike. There are other forms of conflict resolution available!!!

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  15. Can't believe what I'm hearing, a so called fireman driving the fire truck to a fire scene, and the fire truck don't have water...? Really!

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  16. The people in strike. What's the point of a strike if everything is ready for immediate use.
    Just pointing the obvious.

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  17. too me the story said that he was not even supposed to be there. so I wonder if it is not reasonable to think that he never checked the vehicle. got the call and moved immediately. if it were a case of they were on duty and never checked I would criticize. however, this did not appear to be the case. we should be cautious to "look before we leap."

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    • as a " professional" duty or not, he should check before leaving.. goes to show or give the perception that is normal, assuming and not verifying....double checks should be 2nd nature to a fireman....

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  18. Only in St.Lucia will a fireman drive a fire truck without water smh. They are on strike for more money those who come to work they come unprepared that's a dam shame. Lives can be lost. Where the hell is the pm minister with all that none sense going on the island.

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  19. didn't know police were firemen I know its only weed they arrest people for a police with a little fire extinguisher that's funny

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    • it should be your arse burning and the police had to come and save it with a little fire extinguisher. then u would be greatful for that eh.

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  20. So u see how a country cannotbe run without firemen we need firemen in a country ......if the truck had water (he bus wudnt get brunt.........

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    • Correction the damage may have been minimized. Vehicles just don't capsize and burst into flames on their own. To those who came on the to their aid props to them while others were on strike.

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  21. Lol @ arrived on the scene with a fire truck which had no water. This sounds like a joke. Gov needs to get their act together. Instead of pocketing tax payers money use it to pay civil servants. I wonder what would have happened if it was the prime ministers house on fire. Maybe then he would see the importance of fire men.

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    • I am trying to figure this thing out so forgive me. Did the driver get to the scene and realized there was no water? Didn't the truck feel empty while he was driving the damn thing? Can the truck make water while it is being driven? Then if he knew the truck was empty, why on earth is he taking it to the freaking scene. Maybe he was playing a game of "grab-ass."

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    • Nonsense,

      Yes, Gov't needs to get their act together my ensuring the fire trucks tank is full with water. At the same time, they should also ensure the tyres are at the correct psi. I don't see anything wrong if the firemen/women are protesting for something affecting them, BUT they (firemen/women) still should make sure the fire stations are somewhat manned, like half staffed. Since it hasn't affected one of their family members yet, it's all good for them to leave the fire station unmanned. The one person who was there wasn't even on duty. Sooner or later, the shoe will be on the other foot.

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      • Maybe the person who is supposed to ensure that is on strike, the ones who are left are just trying their best. By right the country should be on lock down

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  22. Smh. Wat kind of thing is dat. Isn’t dat all part of preparedness? They shud ensure dat the truck has ample water 2 extinguish the fire b4 they leave da place. Lives are bein tampered wen proper measures are not put in place despite da ongoin strike issue.

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  23. Smh. Wat kind of thing is dat. Isn't dat all part of preparedness? They shud ensure dat the truck has ample water 2 extinguish the fire b4 they leave da place. Lives are bein tampered wen proper measures are not put in place despite da ongoin strike issue.

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    • Real Hollywood Vibes last night like it was some kind of comedy movie taking place empty fire appliance. yeah buses could burn we don't need the firemen!!! Only In Saint Lucia

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