Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has said Tuesday’s explosion at the Cul de Sac quarry which killed at least three people and injured many others, should serve as a moment for people to unite.
Dr. Anthony, writing on his Facebook page, expressed his sympathy and condolences to the families of the dead and injured.
The former St. Lucia Labour Party leader said tragedies like this “remind us all how frail our existence and well being can be”.
“Yet, painful as they are, we find our humanity, our love, care and appreciation for each other,” he said.
“This is a moment when we must cast aside our differences and embrace each other to console and comfort the affected families and of course, each other,” he added.
The explosion occurred around 5 p.m. and resulted in the deaths of three men, Kim Kodhra, Darren Gabriel, and Quarry Operations Manager Simon Straughn, who was the brother of the company’s owner, Rayneau Gajadhar.
At least 20 other persons were injured, four of whom were flown to Martinique this morning in critical condition.
The cause of the explosion is not officially known, but according to reports from witnesses, fire was sparked while a worker was doing welding work near a container which contained explosives or explosive material.