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BREAKING NEWS: Two critically injured in vehicular accident

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Two persons are in critical condition as a result of a collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle at Choc tonight, according to reports. The accident occurred around 8:52 p.m. Reports are that about eight persons were injured in the accident but two are unconscious. Gros Islet and Castries fire services responded with a truck and two ambulances. More details ...

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UPDATE: Retired fire officer’s Mon Repos home on fire

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At least two fire trucks have responded to a house fire in Morne Jab, Mon Repos on Saturday, April 29. There were no casualties and the fire is currently under control. The Micoud Fire Station received the call at 3:20 p.m. Parliamentary Representative and Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert, who is at the scene, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) ...

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One dead, four homeless after La Croix Maingot house fire – police

The remains of the dwelling house.

PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday April 27, 2017 about 8:20 p.m. officers attached to the Marigot Police Station received a report of a house fire at Fond Claub, La Croix Maingot. Upon arrival the officers observed a completely burnt wooden structure, measuring about ten (10) feet by twenty (20) feet. The residence was occupied by a family of five (5) individuals. ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Baby succumbs to injuries from La Croix Maingot fire

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The La Croix Maingot house fire has claimed the life of a 10-month-old male twin. Reliable sources have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the male twin, identified as Kerry Lewis, succmbed to his injuries at Victoria Hospital today, April 28. The female twin is currenty in serious but stable condition, the sources say. The house was totally destroyed ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two children injured in La Croix Maingot house fire

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Two children were hospitalised in serious condition as a result of a house fire in La Croix Maingot Thursday around 8 p.m., according to an eyewitness report. The eyewitness said the children – two 10-month-old twins (boy and girl) – were “badly burnt” and the house was totally destroyed. It was not immediately clear if the children were the only ...

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Truck in fatal accident encountered “mechanical difficulties” travelling downhill – police

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PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, about 4:00 p.m. at Marigot. The incident involved a truck registration number PG 4440, which apparently encountered mechanical difficulties whilst travelling downhill. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident. Jason St. Luce, a thirty ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Fatal accident at Marigot

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One man is dead following a motor vehicle accident in Marigot this afternoon, officials said. The dead man has been identified as 35-year-old father of two, Jason St. Luce of Rock Hall, Castries. St. Luce was the passenger of a truck (registration number PG 4440) that overturned about 3:54 pm. The driver Marlon Lubrin sustained minor injuries. This is the fifth ...

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EXPLOSION UPDATE: Investigators “preparing report” for police and DPP

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Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, is asking the public and those affected by the deadly March 21 quarry explosions to be patient now that the investigators have completed their task. Speaking at the weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing on Monday, Francis said the investigators are now preparing their report which will be submitted to the police and ...

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Police report on suspected drowning

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PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty (20) year old, Rockbert Winelle Xavier of Up the Line, Micoud. On Sunday, April 23, 2017 about 1:30 p.m. officers attached to the Micoud Police Station responded to a report of a suspected drowning at Up the Line, Micoud. The body of Rockbert Xavier was discovered some ...

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Suspected drowning in Micoud

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Police are investigating the death of a young man in Up The Line, Micoud. The body of 20-year-old Rockbert Winell Xavier of Up The Line, Micoud was found floating in the sea around 1:30 p.m. today. Reports are that Xavier is suspected of drowning after he dived into the sea and hit his head on a rock. (9)(12)

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Family of four homeless after Castries fire

Despite the valiant effort of neighbours the house was destroyed.

The authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a dwelling house in Capital Hill, Castries this morning (Saturday, April 22), officials said. A family of four – two adults and two children – were not at home when the fire occurred around 9 a.m., officials said. Despite valiant efforts by neighbours to put out the blaze, the 16×20 wooden structure and ...

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Accident on Millennium Highway

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At least two persons were injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Millennium Highway on Sunday, officials said. The accident involved a pickup van and a minibus. It occurred around 2:50 p.m. The injured persons have been identified as 36-year-old Sharma Benjamin and 46-year-old Joan Daniel. They were transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. The injuries ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Quarry explosion victim dies

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The death toll from the March 21, 2017 Cul de Sac quarry explosion has officially risen to four. Jude Skelly, one of the four critically-injured patients flown to Martinique after the explosion, passed away at a hospital in that country this morning (April 16) at 4:15, relatives have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Jude, a resident of Dennery, was ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Teen charged with destroying relative’s house

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A young man has been formally charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a concrete house in New Village, Micoud on Tuesday, April 11. Police said 19-year-old Brendon Burke was this morning charged with arson which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Relatives told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that Burke is the grandson of the ...

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UPDATED: Baby’s cause of death revealed

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A post mortem on a four-month-old baby girl who died Monday morning in Garrand, Babonneau, was concluded on Wednesday, April 12, one day after it was initially scheduled to take place. According to reliable sources, the baby died as a result of “aspiration pneumonitis due to sepsis secondary to meningitis”. According to reports, the child’s parents put her to sleep ...

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Arrest made in connection with Micoud house fire

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A young man has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a concrete house in New Village, Micoud this morning. Sources have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the suspect, who is 19 years old, is a close relative of the owner of the house. He is currently in custody at the Micoud Police Station and he’s ...

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UPDATE: Medical doctor injured in Vieux Fort accident

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A medical doctor is reportedly recovering after a horrific accident at Savannes Bay, Vieux Fort on Sunday. Reports are that about 8 a.m., a Honda CRV sports utility vehicle (registration PJ9241) veered off the road and collided with a utility pole, according to officials. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Ricardo Blanchard of Desruisseaux, Micoud, sustained multiple injuries and was treated ...

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Baby’s death in Babonneau under investigation

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The authorities are investigating the sudden death of a four-month-old baby girl this morning  in Garrand, Babonneau, police said. According to reports, the child’s parents put her to sleep last night and when they woke up this morning about 6 a.m. they discovered her dead. The baby slept on a bed with her parents, police said. A post mortem to ...

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Accident in Rodney Bay

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A male driver was transported to hospital as a result of a vehicular accident in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet this morning, officials said. A sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a minibus collided around 7:40 a.m. The bus driver was transported to hospital via ambulance but the female driver of the SUV reportedly declined transportation. (0)(1)

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Man injured in Vieux Fort accident (photos)

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A man was injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Savannes Bay, Vieux Fort this morning. Reports are that a sports utility vehicle (SUV) ran off the road and collided with a utility pole. The man was trapped and had to be freed by fire fighters. He was reportedly hospitalised in stable condition. (0)(1)

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UPDATE: Dead inmate identified

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The inmate who passed away at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) this morning has been identified as Anacitus Cox, who was in his 70s, according to a BCF official. Cox, who was ailing for a long time, was pronounced dead by a medical practitioner this morning and his body has since been removed from the facility, the official added. Reports ...

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Crick’s suspicious death may go to an inquest – source

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Law enforcement authorities have still not ruled out homicide into the suspicous death of 74-year-old Laborie resident Edmund Crick, better known as ‘Mr. Raleigh’, whose body was found along the banks of a river just over one week after he went missing. A post mortem conducted on March 21 has revealed that Crick died as a result of cardiac and aortic rupture ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Cyclist in critical condition

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A cyclist is in critical condition following an accident near the Micoud Police Station in Micoud today, April 3, police said. The cyclist is a 21-year-old resident of Mon Repos, police said. Reports are that the cyclist collided with a car about 10 a.m. He sustained severe head injuries and was admitted to St. Jude Hospital. The accident occurred near a ...

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Fatal accident at Canaries (police release)

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PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Sunday, April 2, 2017, about 5:23 p.m. at Belvedere, Canaries. Reports indicate that thirty four (34) year old Emerson Chassang of Caye Mange, Gros Islet, lost control of his scooter, registration number 1235, whilst heading towards Castries and was severely injured. He was conveyed to ...

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UPDATE: House fires in Soufriere and Babonneau under investigation

The house fire on Desmond Street, Soufriere, Sunday, April 2, 2017.

The authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a dwelling house and damaged several other buildings in the town of Soufriere last night (April 2), as well as a house fire in Cacao, Babonneau earlier that day. Reports are that around 11 p.m., the Soufriere Fire Station received a report that a house on Desmond Street, near the Soufriere Hospital, is on ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire in Soufriere

The house fire on Desmond Street, Soufriere, Sunday, April 2, 2017.

A building fire that started around 11 p.m. in the town of Soufriere is now “under control”, according to several eyewitnesses. An eyewitness put the location of the fire on Desmond Avenue, near the Soufriere Hospital. The eyewitness said residents are assisting the firefighters. At 11:35 p.m.  – about 20 minutes after our newsroom received the news – the source ...

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Motorcyclist confirmed dead

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The motorcyclist who crashed on the Canaries-Soufriere Highway late this afternoon (April 2) is dead, his mother Gloria Chassang has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Emerson Chassang, a 34-year-old resident of Caye Mange, Gros Islet, and better known as Lance, was an employee of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, and father of two girls, his mother said. She ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident

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A young male was reportedly transported to hospital in “bad condition” following an accident that occurred between Soufriere and Canaries a short while ago, according to an eyewitness report. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) received the news at 6:29 p.m. as well as two photos of the accident. In one of the photos, the victim is face-down on the road, ...

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Accident on Bexon Highway – Friday, March 31

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At least three persons reportedly sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident on the Bexon Highway on Friday, March 31. The accident occurred after 8:30 p.m. and involved at least two vehicles, a minibus and a pickup truck. The injured persons were transported to hospital via ambulance. Their condition is unknown at this time. No additional details available. (0)(0)

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UPDATE: Suspected suicide victim identified

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Police are investigating the suspected suicide of an elderly man in Soufriere on Saturday, April 1. Reports are that the body of a Simon Jean, also known as ‘Ten ‘N Two’, was found hanging by a rope at a house this afternoon. He is believed to be in his late 60’s or early 70’s. No further details are available. (1)(17)

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BREAKING NEWS: Post mortem results for explosion victims revealed

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The results of the post mortem conducted on the three persons who perished in the March 21, 2017 explosion at the quarry in Cul de Sac, Castries, have been released. The three victims  – Simon Straughn, Kim Khodra and Darren Gabriel – died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to shrapnel and blast injury, a police spokesman told St. Lucia ...

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Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run in La Clery

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A young man is now nursing multiple injuries following a hit-and-run accident in La Clery, close to the Vide Boutielle Highway. The victim, Junior Gustave, 22, was reportedly walking when he was hit by a vehicle, around 7:50 p.m. He sustained injuries to his face and other parts of his body, and was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. According ...

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Trim died of neurological shock – post mortem

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PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Winston Trim, a fifty (50) year old resident of Cas En Bas, Gros Islet, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a vehicular accident at Escap, Micoud, on Sunday, March 26, 2017, about 4:00 p.m. The post mortem examination, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Winston Trim ...

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Vigil for quarry explosion victims

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A vigil was held on Sunday at Serenity Park, Castries for the victims of the March 21, 2017 explosion at the Cul de Sac quarry in Castries. Three people died and over 30 were injured the blast. The vigil was organised by lawyer and politician, Richard Frederick, who expressed his disappointment that no government official found it fitting to attend ...

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VIDEO UPDATE: Fatal accident victim identified

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SNO APOLOGY The management of St. Lucia News Online sincerely apologises to our readers for a recently uploaded video showing the aftermath of today’s fatal accident in Micoud. We have a strict policy of concealing images and videos showing dead/bloody bodies. In this case, a junior member of staff was instructed to edit the victim’s body from the video and ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident in Micoud

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SNO APOLOGY The management of St. Lucia News Online sincerely apologises to our readers for a recently uploaded video showing the aftermath of today’s fatal accident in Micoud. We have a strict policy of concealing images and videos showing dead/bloody bodies. In this case, a junior member of staff was instructed to edit the victim’s body from the video and ...

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Relatives do not suspect foul play in Lollipop’s death

George Joseph, better known as Lollipop

A senior citizen who was found dead this morning in his garden in the Morne Cayenne/Belle Vue area of Vieu Fort, was ailing for some time, according to a relative. The body of 68-year-old George Joseph, popularly known as Lollipop, was found around 8 a.m. by a search party. “There is no sign of foul play,” his granddaughter Vernita Henry ...

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Quarry explosion victim lost his leg but doing “alright” – relative

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“He is coming through.” That’s the word coming from Mary Popo about the status of her nephew, 21-year-old Mitchron Popo of Plateau, Babonneau, one of the four critically-injured victims of the March 21 quarry explosion who are currently in neighbouring Martinique receiving treatment. Michron and three others from Victoria Hospital were airlifted to a Martinique hospital in the wee hours ...

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Be cautious with stay wires, LUCELEC advises

A stay wire, also called a guide wire.

The public is being advised to treat stay wires with caution at all times, according to a St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) official. Chief Engineer Goodwin d’Auvergne, speaking to the press earlier this week, said stay wires, by design, do not carry electricity, but it is possible “under certain rare circumstances” that these wires can “accidentally” come in contact with ...

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Electrocution death in Choiseul an “unfortunate accident” – LUCELEC

Tony Charley (inset) was electrocuted after he held onto a stay wire.

St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) officials said they are “cooperating fully” with the investigation into the electrocution death of a man last weekend. Reports are that about mid-morning on Saturday, March 18, the victim, 42-year-old Tony Charlery, a.k.a, Ricardo of Palmiste, Soufriere, was electrocuted when he held onto a stay wire at a construction site in Dacretin, Choiseul. At a press ...

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Storage of explosives “has to be” in government’s storage facility – Acting Police Commissioner

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In light of Tuesday’s deadly explosion at the Cul de Sac quarry, Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir responded to a television reporter’s question at a press conference yesterday about what the law stipulates regarding the storage of explosives. The reporter asked: “The citizenry has been acting as judge and jury since the explosion and many are questioning what is the ...

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“Somebody has to pay” – Businessman wants compensation for damages caused by explosion

Video still image of the unidentified businessman speaking to Choice News Now's Cecile Actille.

A number of structures located near the area of Tuesday’s deadly explosion sustained damages, however one businessman is not taking it lightly. He wants compensation. The unidentified businessman told Choice News Now that whoever is responsible for the explosion should pay for the damages to his restaurant and house. The businessman told Choice that part of the restaurant’s ceiling fell on ...

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Education ministry responds to Cul de Sac tragedy

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Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has said her ministry was mobilised to provide assistance to persons affected by Tuesday’s Cul de Sac tragedy. Dr. Rigobert noted that such a crisis would impact principals teachers and students. In that regard, she said counsellors are crafting and coordinating an approproriate response. “We have also contacted other social agencies, (for) example human services and ...

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Several injured after SUV rolls down hill

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Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Marigot this morning, March 22, according to information reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO). At least four persons, including three Caucasian women, sustained minor injuries when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) rolled down a hill, according to an eyewitness. Three persons were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver did ...

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Sudden death of beloved teacher shocks SJC

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Students and staff of the St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) secondary school for girls in Castries are mourning the loss of French teacher Kerri Lawrence Clovis who died suddenly yesterday, March 21. Clovis,30, died on Tuesday, according to her close friend and co-worker Loraine Francois. The death was “shocking” to everyone because Clovis was not known to be ailing, Francois said. ...

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UPDATED: VH responds to mass casualty event in Cul de Sac (video added)

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PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday’s massive explosion in Cul-de-Sac triggered the full mass casualty response from the Victoria Hospital as the casualties came steaming into the Accident and Emergency Department. A total of 15 patients presented at the hospital suffering from various injuries with some requiring immediate surgical procedures. One patient succumbed to his injuries while others were stabilized. Additional nurses, doctors, ...

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PM calls for prayers, commends emergency response personnel

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PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has called for prayers and support for the families of those affected by an explosion which occurred in the Cul de Sac area on Tuesday evening (March 21st). Early reports indicate that there has been loss of life and significant injuries to several persons. Speaking from the Victoria Hospital where several of the ...

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UPDATED: 12:31 a.m.: Summary of dead, injured and missing

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At least four people have been confirmed dead and multiple injured following an explosion at a Rayneau Construction-operated quarry and construction site in Cul de Sac, Castries this afternoon, according to official sources. Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. Below is a summary gathered from official sources: * ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Deadly explosion at Cul de Sac

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At least four people are dead and many others injured following an explosion at a quarry in Cul de Sac. Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. The first report came in at 5:23 p.m. from a resident who lives in a nearby community. “Loudest explosion ever…. They must ...

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Car overturns at Choc (see photos)

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The driver of a white Toyota Corolla (PB7650) escaped injuries after his vehicle overturned at Choc this afternoon. The accident occurred after 3 p.m. in front the Sagicor Insurance building on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway. The driver has been identified as Zannick Lawrencin. No further details available. (0)(0)

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Mayor’s office says work on broken metal grills underway

Persons helping Michael Jn Baptiste whose leg got stuck in a metal grill in Castries on Monday.

The Office of the Mayor is calling on members of the public to inform the Office of faulty metal grills and drains in the city. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) contacted the mayor’ office for a comment in light of yesterday’s incident in which a man’s leg got stuck in a metal grill on Jeremie Street. A similar incident occurred ...

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PHOTO: Man stuck in city drain

Persons helping Michael Jn Baptiste whose leg got stuck in a metal grill in Castries on Monday.

A man was injured when he got stuck in a drain on Jeremie Street, Castries after 5:30 p.m. today. A crowd gathered as several persons tried to release the swollen leg of 39-year-old Agard resident, Michael Jn Baptiste, from the grill. Emergency officials – fire, police and ambulance personnel – eventually showed up to assist him. A police source said ...

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Nine injured in Mon Repos accident (see photos)

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At least nine persons sustained “minor injuries” in a motor vehicle accident in Mon Repos, Micoud this morning, March 20, police said. A minibus overturned after colliding with a car around 8 a.m. on the Micoud-Vieux Fort Highway, police officials told St. Lucia News Online. Both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when the accident occurred, police said. The injured ...

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UPDATED: Fire damages popular meat business in Soufriere (see photos)

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A popular meat and grocery business on Church Street, Soufriere suffered “minimal damages” in an early morning fire today, March 20, fire officials have reported. Around 5:40 a.m. a “passerby” walked into the Soufriere Fire Station and reported seeing black smoke coming from the flat of the two-story building that houses Kai Poule Ek Viande, fire officials told St. Lucia News Online ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Missing elderly man found dead

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Members of a search party have discovered the lifeless body of 74-year-old Edmund Crick, who had been missing for just over one week. Edmund’s partially decomposed body was discovered along the banks of a river in Jetrine around 11 a.m. today, March 19, by two persons of a search party, according to his daughter, Tasha Crick. She said part of ...

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