One dead, 3 battling for life
Three persons are battling for their lives at the Annotto Bay Hospital, while another is dead, following a two vehicle collision along the Buff Bay main road in Portland, shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday.
Up to press time, police had not yet released the identities of those involved in the incident.
According to the police, a Toyota Wish taxi heading towards Buff Bay,collided head on with a Toyota Corolla heading in the opposite direction. Ten people seriously injured.
The injured were rushed to hospital, where one man was pronounced dead. Three other persons, including a woman, were rushed to the operating theatre immediately. The conditions of the other six victims were not considered to be life threatening. The police have theorised that speeding was the main contributing factor to the accident.
Meanwhile, a call is again being made for the Buff Bay health centre, which once operated as a hospital facility, to again be upgraded to a type C hospital - capable of dealing with accident and emergency cases.
The call comes from businessman Paul 'Bigga' Young, who operates a small loan facility and furniture store.
"Travelling approximately 10 miles to Annotto Bay in a life saving move can result in death," said Young. "It could very well be that if the Buff Bay health centre was upgrade to hospital status, a life might have been saved."