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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 Michron 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

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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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UPDATE: Electrocution death in Choiseul

The man was electrocuted while removing vegetation on a construction site.

Police are investigating the electrocution death of a male in Dacretin, Choiseul this morning. Residents told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the deceased, identified as Tony Charlery, a.k.a Ricardo, 42, of Palmiste, Soufriere, was doing some work on a construction site around 10 a.m. when he was electrocuted. St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) and FLOW officials are investigating. The deceased ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident on Bexon Highway

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A two-vehicle accident occurred on the Bexon Highway, near the Catholic church around 11 p.m., according to an eyewitness. A grey Honda CRV slammed into the left side of a Mazda motor car which hit a wall, the eyewitness said. “The black car (Mazda) was going up the hill to the church and the jeep (Honda CRV) overtook a bus ...

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Still no sign of elderly man

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The search continues for 74-year-old Edmund Crick, better known as ‘Mr. Raleigh’. The man’s daughter, Tasha Crick, told St. Lucia News Online that 14 persons, including eight police officers, conducted a major search yesterday. She said the search included forested areas. Edmund, a resident of Laborie, was last seen in the Banse/La Haut area on Saturday morning (March 11) with his ...

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Accident on Bexon (video and photos)

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Traffic along the Bexon Highway has slowed due to a minor accident before noon. An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online that a hauler truck carrying an excavator got entangled in utility wires, unknown to the driver.  As he continued to drive, a pole broke, bringing down a lot of wires with it. The truck belongs to Rayneau Construction. There ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Truck overturns in Sarrot

One of the injured persons.

Two persons were injured as a result of a vehicular accident in Sarrot this morning, according to information reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The accident involved a St. Lucia Distillers supply truck that rolled down a hill, an eyewitness told SNO. The victims of the accident have been identified as Bertram Thomas, who is in his 50s, and Andy ...

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Police investigating reports men missing at sea were “found”

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Police Marine Unit Commander Finley Leonce said he has received information that the three men who were reported to be missing at sea have been found and are scheduled to return to St. Lucia today. However, Leonce cautioned that this information has not been officially verified by the Police Marine Unit and similar authorities in neighbouring islands. Leonce told St. ...

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Three St. Lucians reportedly missing at sea

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Police are investigating reports that three men are “missing” after leaving St. Lucia by sea last week. An official from the Police Marine Unit told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this morning that relatives of the missing men contacted them. However, the official, who was in a meeting, asked this reporter to call back for more information. SNO understands that ...

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UPDATE: Elderly woman injured in Canaries fire

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An elderly woman narrowly escaped death in the Canaries fire this morning, an official said. The woman, believed to be in her 80s, sustained burns to both arms and legs, as well as smoke inhalation, the official said. She was transported to hospital by ambulance. Her condition is unknown at this time. “She was an occupant in the structure that ...

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Multiple casualties in Micoud accident

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At least four persons were injured during a collision between a minibus and a truck along the Micoud-Vieux Fort Highway, near the Anse Ger/Desruisseaux  gap, around 3 p.m. today (March 11), according to information obtained by St. Lucia News Online. The truck, which was carrying concrete blocks, overturned. No further details available. (13)(3)

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UPDATED: Three house fires in Canaries (see video)

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At least three structures were affected by fire in Canaries this morning, officials have said. One was completely destroyed and two were partially destroyed, officials said. “One unit from Castries and two units from Soufriere responded,” an official told St. Lucia News Online. “One structure housing a minimart, bakery and dwelling compartment, and the other two are dwelling houses.” At ...

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SOURCE: Body of Virgil ‘Virgie’ Roberts has “marks of violence all over”

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Police said they are investigating reports that 52-year-old Virgil Roberts, also known as ‘Virgie’, may have been beaten to death during a domestic dispute at a house in Cantonement, Augier Vieux Fort last evening. A well-placed source told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this morning that the woman’s boyfriend is currently in police custody assisting with the investigations. The victim’s nude ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman found dead in Vieux Fort

Body of Virgil Roberts.

The nude lifeless body of a woman, known so far as ‘Virgie’, was found at a house in Augier, Vieux Fort today, police said. Police reportedly received the report around 8 p.m. It is alleged that the woman’s body was found hours after an alleged altercation with a lover. A photo obtained by our newsroom shows the body of a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Sarrot man died from natural causes

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Police have ruled out homicide in the death of a man in Sarrot following an autopsy today. Police said Felix James, 53, died of “cardiac arrhythmia secondary to hydroelectrolytic imbalance of unknown etiology”. His body was discovered on a dirt road in Sarrot on the morning of Monday, March 6, 2017. James, described as a vagrant by Sarrot residents, was allegedly ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Serious accident on Bexon Highway

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At least four persons were seriously injured following a collision between a Toyota minibus loaded with passengers and a Nissan Sunny car along the Bexon Highway earlier this afternoon, officials have said. The accident reportedly occurred after 2:30 p.m. Reports are that four persons with serious injuries were transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance and those with minor abrasions were ...

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Man found dead in Sarrot

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Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Sarrot. The man’s body was found on the road way. Reports are that he was beaten by residents over the weekend and may have succumbed to his injuries.  Persons have described the man as a vagrant. However, police will await the results of an autopsy to determine if the death ...

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UPDATED: Man injured in Micoud accident

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A taxi bus collided with a pole on the Micoud Highway in Escap, Micoud this afternoon, an official said. The driver was trapped and had to be freed by the firefighters, the official said. The victim reportedly sustained injuries to his legs and was transported to St. Jude Hospital via ambulance, the official added. The LUCELEC pole reportedly caught fire ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire destroys Plas Kassav (photo update)

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Fire has destroyed the popular Plas Kassav in Anse La Verdure, Canaries. Emergency officials said they received the call around 4:30 a.m. today. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Plas Kassav, located along the West Coast road, was a popular stop for locals and visitors to observe the traditional method of cassava processing and production. The business ...

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Vehicle fire on Bexon Highway

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A car was destroyed by fire on the Bexon Highway on Saturday, Feb. 25. No one was injured. Emergency officials received the report close to 4:30 p.m. The fire occurred next to Central Point, according to officials. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Meanwhile two vehicle fires were reported on Thursday, Febuary 23. The first, involving a ...

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UPDATED: Two injured in Bexon Highway crash

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Two persons sustained injuries when a motorcycle they were riding collided with a minibus on the Bexon Highway around 9 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 22. The victims are reported to be a 48-year-old male and a 21-year-old female. The male sustained lacerations and abrasions to both legs while the female sustained lacerations to her left knee. Both were transported to Victoria ...

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UPDATED PHOTOS: Motor vehicle accident at Dennery

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A motor vehicle accident occurred near the gas station in Richfond, Dennery on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Reports are that a motor vehicle ran into a pole. The number of persons injured and the condition of the injured are unknown at this time. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Emergency units from Micoud and Dennery responded. (9)(4)

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident on Bexon Highway

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At least one person is injured after a motorcycle collided with a minibus near the Bexon Health Centre on the Bexon Highway a few minutes ago. The man, believed to be the motorcyclist, was reportedly still on the ground at the time of filing this report. The accident occurred around 9 p.m. More details as soon as they become available. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Pedestrian hit by truck

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A 51-year-old pedestrian was hit by a truck on Darling Road, Castries around 7 p.m. today (Tuesday), officials have said. The victim, Martin Williams, was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance in serious condition, officials said. He reportedly sustained injuries to his head, chest and left arm. Williams was reportedly heading into city central by foot when he was struck, ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Charred body found in building

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The charred body of an elderly man was found in a burned out building at Monchy. The man has been identified as 80-year-old Joseph Alcide, who is believed to be of unsound mind. The Gros Islet Fire Station responded at 5:45 a.m. The wooden structure was completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is still unknown. More to come.   ...

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Car slams into house at Grande Riviere (video)

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Occupants of a house in Grande Riviere narrowly escaped injuries when a motor car ran off the road and slammed into the building early this morning. The car, a toyota station wagon, first tore through a fence before coming to a stop at the wall bordering a bedroom in the house. The accident reportedly at occurred around 12:40 AM Sunday ...

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Minor accident at Bois d’Orange

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St. Lucia News Online has received reports of a minor accident at Bois d’Orange. The accident reportedly took place at about 1:55 PM. Reports are that one Audi SUV and a motor car were heading in opposite directions when the accident occurred. Police officers are now reportedly at the scene. There were no reports of injuries. (0)(1)

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Motorcycle accident puts resort employee “out of action”

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Financial help is being sought for a Cap Maison employee who was involved in a horrific traffic accident just over a week ago. Lee Henry of Morne Du Don, Castries broke both legs when his motorcycle collided with another motorcycle on the Vide Boutielle Highway around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. He was reportedly on his way home from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Soufriere toddler injured by flare gun explosion

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A 20-month-old female from the town of Soufriere was injured last night (Feb. 15) a result of an alleged accidental flare-gun explosion, according to reliable sources. The toddler was reported to be in stable condition at the time of posting this report. She was taken to Soufriere Hospital then to St. Jude Hospital where she was treated for a wound to ...

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Critically-injured accident victim requires urgent surgery

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A relative said 28-year-old Kyle Joseph was “critically injured” in a motor vehicle accident on Jan. 27, 2017 and requires surgery to repair his “spinal column”. However, the family is seeking assistance from the public to offset some of the costs associated with the surgery. Kyle’s cousin, Rosa Joseph, has set up an account on fundraising website GoFundMe to faciliate donations. ...

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Parent concerned over son’s treatment

Luwis Mathurin was cut by a fence while running on the school court.

A resident of La Haut, Mon Repos resident is planning to take legal action after her son sustained a head injury at the Mon Repos Combined School on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Tresslyn Mathurin, 30, alleges that the school did not contact her after 10-year-old Luwis Mathurin sustained a wound while playing on the “court” after school. She is also upset that Luwis ...

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Post mortem: John Compton crash victim died of brain injuries

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PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Zane Phillip, a twenty two (22) year old resident of L’Anse Road, Castries, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a vehicular accident along the John Compton Highway, on Monday, January 30, 2017. The post mortem, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Zane Phillip died as a ...

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Relative regrets not convincing Henry to avoid riding bikes

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Relatives of Mandella Henry, who died from a traffic accident on Micoud Street, Castries on Friday, has said he was full of life and had a bright future ahead of him. The 27-year-old unemployed man was scheduled to do a job interview on Monday, Feb. 6, relatives said. Sophia Lynch told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that her nephew had ...

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Minor accident in the city (photos)

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A truck collided with a car (registration number 2322) between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. today near Serenity Park/Fisheries. No injuries reported. St. Lucia News Online received the images below at 2:04 p.m., and we were told that police arrived about 2:12 p.m. and by 2:20 p.m. the truck was removed. (3)(0)

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UPDATED: Eight injured in Barre de L’isle accidents identified

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At least eight people were injured in two separate traffic accidents on the Barre de L’isle after midnight, an official said. The condition of the injured from both incidents are not yet known, but there were not immediate reports of death. Minutes after midnight, emergency officials were contacted when a minibus and a motor car collided, injuring at least seven people. ...

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UPDATED: Bicyclist in stable condition after accident

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A male bicyclist, who was struck by a motor vehicle in Ravine Poisson tonight (Saturday, Feb. 4), is in stable condition at Victoria Hospital, according to an official. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. The victim, known as ‘AJ’, is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, a witness told St. Lucia News Online. He was transported ...

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UPDATE: Fatal accident on Micoud Street

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PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Friday, February 3, 2017, about 12:24 a.m. on Micoud Street, Castries. The incident involved an SUV registration number PG 3888, travelling along Micoud Street and a motorcycle registration number PJ 3733, travelling from Chisel Street on to Micoud Street. Mandela Henry, a resident of Ciceron, ...

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UPDATED: Fatal accident victim identified

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One man is dead following a collision between a motorcycle and a blue Daihatsu Terios on Micoud Street, Castries just after midnight, has succumbed to his injuries, officials said. The motorcycle, with  two persons on board, was travelling on Chisel Street when it ran into the front passenger door of the Terios, that was travelling on Micoud Street, around 12:25 a.m., ...

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