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PRESS RELEASE: Castries seaport conducts successful emergency exercise

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The Saint Air and Seaports Authority through the Port Police Department in collaboration with local emergency response agencies held a Seaport Simulated Emergency exercise. The exercise took the form of a simulated explosion on board a cruise vessel, which resulted in seven wounded and three casualties. In addition to the Port Police, the first responders to the scene were the St. ...

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Rockslide damages two homes in Anse La Raye

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A hillside collapsed on Tuesday, June 20, in Anse La Raye, causing damage to two homes in its path. One of those houses belonged to Ferra Lionel who said that she heard a huge boulder rolling toward her home whilst preparing breakfast. According to her, she did not know from which direction the stone came because she was inside. Her ...

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Beloved La Clery tradesman found dead

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A man was found dead in his La Clery, Castries home this morning (June 20, 2017) , but his relatives do not suspect foul play. Chester Demille, who was in his 40’s, had a heart ailment, according to relatives. They say Demille’s body was discovered in a sofa close to the front door and his keys were on the floor. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: L’abbayee mother died from heavy consumption of alcohol

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A post mortem examination on the body of 38-year-old L’abbayee resident Jahmain Fevriere who died at her home last week, has revealed that her death was not as a result of suicide as relatives and friends had suspected. Her death was triggered by excessive alcohol intake, law enforcement sources said. The post morten, done today, June 19, 2017 by Dr. Wayne Felicien, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucian rescued at sea identified

Richie James of Saint Lucia (left) and Christopher Quimper were found alive, drifting on a boat 800km off the coast of St. Lucia.

A 22-year-old Bocage, Castries resident has been identified as one of two men who were rescued this week after their boat was adrift for 23 days, relatives have confirmed. Richie James is “alive and well”, his mother Rudy Corke told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this afternoon, June 14, 2017. Corke said she received the good news from her 19-year-old son ...

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Fire destroys popular Rodney Bay restaurant – again

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Popular Rodney Bay Village restaurant Jacques Waterfront Dining, also known as Froggy Jacks, was completely destroyed by fire early this morning (June 13, 2017) – the second time in six years. Emergency services received the call around 3 a.m. Two fire engines – from Castries and Gros Islet – responded. Fire officials said only the concrete structure of the two-storey building ...

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No foul play in Windy’s death, police report

Windy Sylvester (left) was last seen alive on Wednesday. His body (centre) was discovered in a drain close to a motorcycle (right) along the Bexon Highway. Police suspect his death stemmed from a hit-and-run.

Police said no foul play is suspected “to date” in the death of 37-year-old of Wendy ‘Windy’ Sylvester of Bexon. In a press release distributed on Monday (June 12, 2017), police said Sylvester, who was last seen alive, about midnight on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, was discovered in a drain at Around the Bend, Bexon, on Friday, June 9, 2017, about ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man charged for Gros Islet fatal hit-and-run accident

Joseph Altidore (left) in a younger photo and the suspect captured by security cameras after hitting Altidore.

A Monier resident has been charged in connection with the fatal hit-and-run accident of former police officer and taxi operator, 74-year-old Joseph Altidore of Bois Patat, Castries. Twenty-four-year-old Lance Alfred, also known as ‘Bolo’, was charged for the offence of leaving the scene of an accident, contrary to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, police said in a press release. ...

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Fire destroys house in Ciceron (video)

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Fire destroyed a dwelling house in Ciceron, Castries early this morning, June 11, 2017, according to offiicials. Officials say a 25ft x 30ft plywood and concrete structure was completely destroyed. The fire started around 6:30 a.m. The owner of the house, Josiah Emmanuel alias ‘Boatman’ is currently out of state, according to officials. (4)(2)

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4 injured in Bexon accident

Four persons reportedly sustained injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Bexon on Saturday morning, June 10, 2017. A vehicle reportedly crashed into a utility pole around 6 a.m., officials say. The injured have been identified as Samia Elibox, 30, of Agard, Castries; Ernie Julien, 30, of Morne Du Don, Castries; Adolphus Antoine, 26, of Sunbilt, Castries; and Marina Antoine, 30, of Sunbilt, ...

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UPDATE: Two injured in accident near Choc Bay

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Two persons were rushed to hospital following a motor vehicle accident near St. James’s Club Morgan Bay Resort in Choc. According to law enforcement sources, the victims are 17-year-old Vernisha Edward and 19-year-old Kimberly Douglas. Sources said they sustained bodily injuries after the vehicle in which they were in rolled over, around 2 a.m. today (June 10, 2017), sources said. They ...

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Accident in Richfond

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Two persons reportedly sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Richfond, Dennery on Friday (June 9, 2017) after 9:30 p.m., according to sources. Details are sketchy but the accident reportedly involved two vehicles. The injured persons hail from the Dennery Valley and Morne Road, Castries. They were transported to Dennery Hospital via ambulance but the status of their condition ...

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Body found in Bexon drain believed to be that of missing man

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The decomposing body discovered in a drain along the Bexon Highway this afternoon is believed to be that of a Bexon resident who has not been seen since Wednesday, according to law enforcement sources. The body is suspected to be that of 37-year-old Windy Sylvester. The body was discovered face-down in the drain, near a motorcycle, around 4 p.m. in an ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Dead body in Bexon

Police cordone off the area where the body was found.

Police are investigating the discovery of a body along the Bexon Highway this afternoon, June 9, 2017. An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the body of a male was found by a passerby at about 4 p.m. in a drain, in an area along the highway called ‘Around The Bend’. The source said a motorcycle was found ...

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UPDATE: Spinal injury killed hit-and-run victim

A younger photo of Joseph Altidore.

The post mortem examination conducted on the body of former police officer, 74-year-old Joseph Altidore, who died after a hit-and-run accident yesterday (June 7, 2017) in Gros Islet, has revealed that he died from multiple injuries. According to a law enforcement source, the examination found that the Bois Patat, Castries resident died as a result of “spinal injury secondary to ...

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Hotel chef’s cause of death revealed (video and photos)

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A post mortem examination conducted yesterday (June 7, 2017) on the body of 54-year-old hotel chef, Frank Paul, has officially ruled out foul play. Heart failure was the cause of the death, according to law enforcement and medical sources. The post mortem conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien revealed that Paul died of “pulmonary oedema secondary to hypertensive dilated cardiomyopathy”. A ...

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Student among the injured in two motor vehicle accidents

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A student is among two persons who sustained injuries in two separate motor vehicle accidents over the past 24 hous, according to law enforcement sources. The first accident occurred on the Barre de L’isle around 9:30 last evening. Reports are that a vehicle overturned and injured the driver who was the sole occupant. Despite sustaining minor injuries, the victim reportedly ...

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Motor vehicle accident report

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Two vehicles – a pickup truck and a car – were involve in a collision at the Deglos junction this evening, according to reports. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The accident occurred after 6 p.m. (1)(4)

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Woman injured in Rodney Bay accident

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A woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, near Karlione Court early this morning (June 4, 2017). The vehicle reportedly crashed into a pole around 3:50 a.m. The woman, who was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, reportedly sustained minor injuries and was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. St. Lucia Electricity ...

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8 people injured in Roseau accident

The minibus crashed into a wall, injuring eight passengers.

An early-morning accident in Roseau today (June 2, 2017) has left eight persons with minor injuries, according to an official. Reports are that a minibus crashed into the side of a cliff around 2:52 a.m. The driver is alleged to have fallen asleep. The eight persons were transported to hospital with mainly pelvic and back pain, the official said. Gros ...

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UPDATE: Fire destroys house in Anse La Raye; boat fire reported in Marigot

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Fire destroyed a dwelling house at Shapine Estate, Anse La Raye this afternoon, while in Marigot fire damaged a boat. According to an official, fire destroyed an 8×10-ft. wooden structure owned by Frederick Francis. The house is located opposite the Anse La Raye Police Station, the official said. Francis was reportedly not at home when the fire started around 2 ...

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BREAKING NEWS: House and boat fires

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Authorities have confirmed boat and house fires in separate incidents. A dwelling house is reportedly on fire at Shapine Estate in Anse La Raye. Emergency services received the call at 2:09 p.m. The boat fire was reported around the same time in Marigot. Reports are that the fire is in the engine compartment of the boat. There are no immediate reports ...

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Injuries reported in Praslin accident (photos)

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Five persons were injured in a motor vehicle in Praslin this morning (May 31, 2017), according to officials and eyewitnesses. The accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. and involved a Terios sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a car. The injured persons were transported by ambulance to St Jude’s Hospital. An eyewitness reported seeing “two badly damaged” vehicles and “people being cared for” in an ...

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Accident at Balata (photos)

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St. Lucia News Online (SNO) received report of an motor vehicle accident (see photos below story) in Balata, Castries around 7:00 this morning (May 31, 2017). According to an eyewitness, no one was injured but the accident caused a backup of traffic in the area. The eyewitness said the accident occurred at the “gap to go inside Morne Du Don”. ...

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UPDATE: Two accidents at Choc, less than two hours apart

Piece of the scooter that was involved in a collison with a pickup truck near St. James's Club Morgan Bay. The other photos of this accident are below the story.

Another accident involving a motorcycle occurred at Choc last evening. Reports are that a scooter collided with a pickup van after 10:30 p.m. near St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, shortly after another accident nearby at Top of the World. The victim, who was reportedly wearing a helmet, has been identified as 27-year-old Chester King of La Clery, Castries. He was transported to ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident at Top of the World

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A motorcyclist has been hospitalised following an accident at Top of the World, Choc this evening. According to reports, a vehicle collided with a motorcycle after 9 p.m. The motorcyclist was transported to hospital via ambulance. His condition is unknown at this time. More details soon. (5)(10)

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Grand Riviere man injured in Goodlands accident

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A resident of Grand Riviere, Gros Islet escaped with only minor injuries when his two-door Suzuki Escudo ran off the road and rolled down a hill in Goodlands, Castries on Sunday, May 28. The driver and sole occupant, Kendall Charmon, 29, sustained injuries to his right hand, according to officials. Charmon was trapped in the vehicle and had to be ...

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Elderly woman injured in Choc accident

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A 76-year-old woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident at Choc this morning. The victim has been identified as Agnes Mathurin of Plateau. Reports are that a pickup van ran off the road around 7:23 a.m. Mathurin reportedly complained of body pains and was transported to hospital via ambulance. (0)(1)

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BREAKING NEWS: Horse killed, 7 injured in Roseau accident

In this November 26, 2015 photo, a horse is dead after it collided with a two-door Nisan pick-up van in Beausejour, Gros-Islet. The driver, a farmer, escaped serious injuries.

A horse is dead and seven people injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Roseau, according to official and eyewitness reports. When they arrived, emergency personnel from Gros Islet and Castries discovered the four-door Mazda pickup (FAR1196) in a ditch on its right side and the animal on the road suffering from mulitple injuries, including a broken leg. ...

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Elderly man injured in Ravine Chabot accident

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A 71-year-old man was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ravine Chabot, Castries this morning (May 21), an official said. Thomas St. Hill of Ravine Chabot was reportedly found near his pickup with head injuries when emergency personnel arrived, the official said. “The vehicle apparently overturned and rest on its side but bystanders put the vehicle upright and removed the driver ...

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Three injured in Bexon accidents

One of the two cars involved in Saturday's motor vehicle accident in Bexon.

Two women and a man are nursing injuries as a result of two separate motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Bexon on Friday and Saturday, according to an official. The latest accident occurred around 4:58 a.m. on Saturday and involved two cars. The injured have been identified as 21-year-old Melisa Willie and 42-year-old Elizabeth Octave. Willie reportedly complained of head ...

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Six St. Lucians rescued by US Coast Guard

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PRESS RELEASE – The Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley rescued six St. Lucian men Monday from the overdue 20-foot boat, One Time, approximately 25 nautical miles off the western coast of Martinique. The rescued men reportedly departed Martinique at approximately 3 a.m. Monday and were returning to St. Lucia, when their boat ran out of gas and engine oil shortly after ...

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Assistance for Castries fire victim

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PRESS RELEASE – The Junior Adventurers Kids Club of New Village has embarked on a philanthropic endeavor to assist a young lady who was a victim of a fire on Saturday 22nd April, 2017 . SEE: Family of four homeless after Castries fire We would be doing a raffle draw for a spa treatment compliments The Royal Spa at Royal St ...

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‘Eyeball’ reported missing

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A 27-year-old resident of Marisule, Gros Islet has been reported missing. A relative said Vencly Eugene, better known as ‘Eyeball’ and ‘Baby’, was last seen on Saturday, May 13, 2017 on a blue and black kayack. He had reportedly gone fishing in the vicinity of Rat Island, off Choc Bay. His sister, Dianna Eugene, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that ...

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Accident in Dennery (photos)

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At least two persons were injured in a motor vehicle accident in front the Fond D’or Park, Dennery this afternoon, May 11, an official has said. The incident involved a collision between a car (registration #3369) and a minibus (M355) after 4 p.m. Two children sustained minor injuries and were transported to Dennery Hospital by ambulance, the official said. (1)(2)

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No foul play in elderly Choiseul man’s death

Matthew Joseph (inset) was found in the forested area of Morne Jacques.

The death of 70-year-old Morne Jacques resident Matthew Joseph has been ruled a suicide following the completion of a post mortem to determine the cause of death. Police said Joseph was found hanging by the neck from a tree by relatives on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Police were summoned to the death scene in a forested area of Morne Jacques, Choiseul ...

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Fire destroys house in Bisee

A house that was destroyed by fire in St. Lucia. (Not the actual house that was destroyed in Bisee today).

A mainly wooden structure and its contents were completely destroyed by fire at Bisee, Castries around noon today, May 11, an official has said. The dwelling house was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured, the official said. Two fire trucks from Castries responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown. Fire officials were reportedly ...

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UPDATED: Popular Laborie resident died of natural causes

Darius Jn Baptiste aka Apricot was discovered dead behind his house on Tuesday.

A post mortem examination on the body of popular Laborie resident Darius Jn Baptiste aka Apricot, has revealed that he died of a stroke. Jn Baptiste, 50, was a beloved fisherman and painter in the community. Fellow workers found his lifeless and nude body, face down, at the back of his residence on the evening of Monday, May 8. It ...

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Man seriously injured in Laborie accident

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At least one person sustained serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident at Sapphire, Laborie yesterday afternoon, May 9, 2017, according to police and eyewitness reports. The injured person, identified as Dave Charles, a resident of Riviere Doree, Choiseul, was transported to St. Jude’s Hospital via ambulance after the car (PD8578) overturned on the Laborie-Vieux Fort Highway, ...

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UPDATE: Five injured in vehicular accident

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Five persons were injured when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided with a utility pole along the Roseau-Marigot Highway Monday afternoon, an official said. Emergency services received the report of the accident at 4:51 p.m. One person – Jonas Volty of La Croix Maingot who is about 30 years old – sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to ...

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Police: Death of Morne Jacques man under investigation

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PRESS RELEASE – Police were summoned to the scene of a suspected suicide at Morne Jacques, Choiseul, about 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Matthew Joseph, a seventy (70) year old resident of Morne Jacques, was found suspended by the neck from a tree, by family members. About 11:00 a.m. that day, he had been reported as missing by ...

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Accident at Forestiere

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Several persons sustained minor injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Forestiere, Castries this afternoon, an official has said. The accident involved a sports utility vehicle and a minibus around 4:30 p.m, the official said. At least two persons sustained injuries. They were transported to hospital via ambulance. (1)(5)

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Quarry explosion victim back in hospital – health minister

The Trinidadian victim.

One of the 30-plus victims of the March 21, 2017 quarry explosion, whose plight was revealed in a viral social media message yesterday, is now back in the care of the Victoria Hospital, Health Minister Mary Isaac has announced. Isaac said in a Facebook post this morning that the man was transported to hospital last evening as soon as he ...

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UPDATE: Dead body discovered in Choiseul (photos added)

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Police are investigating the death of a male in Morne Jacques, Choiseul. The body of Matthew Joseph of Morne Jacques was reportedly found hanging from a tree in the community this afternoon, police said. It is alleged that Joseph called his family around 11 a.m. today to say that was the last time they would hear from. Relatives allegedly made ...

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Division of Education extends condolences to families of accident victims of SALCC

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations extends condolences to the families and loved ones of eighteen-year-old Zhané Bianca Williams and nineteen-year-old Zina Omega Anthony, who lost their lives tragically on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The teenagers both attended the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC). Minister ...

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Media Association of St. Lucia statement on road safety

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PRESS RELEASE – The Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) remains concerned that vehicular accidents continue to take a toll on the citizenry, often resulting in injury – and worse — loss of life. For the year thus far, seven people have lost their lives via vehicular accidents, including two teenage girls – aged 18 and 19 – who were ...

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UPDATE: Fatal accident along Choc Highway (police press release)

DOUBLE TRAGEDY:  Zhane Williams (left) and Zina Anthony were close friends and schoolmates. * Photo courtesy: Wavemaker Productions

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday, April 29, 2017, about 9:00 p.m. along the Choc Highway, near Saaman’s Park. The incident involved a motorcar registration number PA 515, which was travelling southbound, towards Castries, and, motor lorry registration number TK 915 traversing northbound, towards Gros Islet. There were two individuals ...

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Fire destroys wooden house in Pavee (video)

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A small wooden dwelling structure was destroyed by fire in Pavee, Castries this morning, May 1, an official said. Emergency services got the call at 10:42 a.m. and dispatched one unit from the fire services headquarters in Castries and one from Gros Islet, however when the Gros Islet team arrived everything was already under control, the official said. The structure, ...

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UPDATE: Fire in Vieux Fort

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An abandoned concrete structure was destroyed by fire on New Dock Lane, Vieux Fort town this afternoon, officials said. Emergency services received the call at 12:48 p.m. A fire official said no one was in the building at the time the fire started but the structure was normally occupied by a vagrant. Two fire trucks and an ambulance responded. (5)(0)

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FINAL REPORT: Friends killed in motor vehicle accident

DOUBLE TRAGEDY:  Zhane Williams (left) and Zina Anthony were close friends and schoolmates. * Photo courtesy: Wavemaker Productions

Two teenagers perished in a motor vehicle accident near the Choc bridge on Saturday night (April 29), police said. They have been identified as 18-year-old Zhane Williams of Massacre, Anse La Raye and 19-year-old Zina Anthony of Ciceron, Castries. Both were close friends and college schoolmates. Williams was the daughter of Donovan Williams, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, ...

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Accident at Roseau

Roseau accident: The female in the passenger seat (right) sustained injuries, while the driver was trapped.

At least one person sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident on the highway in Roseau this morning (April 30), according to official and eyewitness reports. The accident occurred around 7:15 a.m. and involved a collision between a dry goods minibus (registration #TG5565) and a Mitsubishi Lancer motor car (registration number not immediately available), an official said. The injured person ...

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UPDATE: Two persons dead, at least three others injured in vehicular accident

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Two young females are confirmed dead as a result of a “horrific” accident on the Castries-Gros Islet highway, near the Choc bridge Saturday night, according to official and eyewitness reports. Reports are that a car and a truck, travelling in opposite directions, collided head-on, resulting in the truck overturning. According to eyewitness and official sources, two of the occupants of in ...

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UPDATE: Two critically injured in vehicular accident

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At least two persons are in critical condition as a result of a collision between two vehicles near Choc bridge, according to reports. The accident occurred around 8:52 p.m. and involved a car and a truck. Reports are that about five persons were injured in the accident but at least two are seriously injured. Gros Islet and Castries fire services responded ...

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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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