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November 16, 2012
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14 injured in collision on bridge
Gareth Davis Sr, STAR Writer


Fourteen persons including students were rushed to the Port Antonio Hospital after this Nissan motor car collided with a mini bus near the entrance to the newly constructed Rio Grande Bridge at St Margaret's Bay, Portland, yesterday. - Gareth Davis

Fourteen persons including students were rushed to the Port Antonio Hospital after a car collided with a minibus near the entrance to the newly constructed Rio Grande Bridge at St Margaret's Bay, Portland, yesterday.

A bloody dashboard inside the minibus, along with a row of what appears to be dentures painted a gruesome picture of the accident which occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Some of the victims were sent to the hospital for observation, after they were reportedly trau-matised by the incident, while the conditions of three persons including a female student, a woman and the driver of the minibus, is considered to be life-threatening.

The names of the accident victims have not yet been ascertained. But according to the police, a white Nissan sunny motor car was travelling in the direction of St Margaret's Bay to Port Antonio, while the bus was travelling in the opposite direction when the accident took place.

According to the police, a man and a woman were in the car at the time of the accident, with the former driving, when the two vehicles collided near head on.

Shouts and screams for help were reportedly heard by two men, who were reportedly on the old Rio Grande railway bridge fishing, when they beard the collision.

"Mi fling weh mi fishing line," uttered Miguel Ming, one of the fishermen. "My colleague Tony (Chambers) almost tumbled over the bridge into the water, as he too was frightened. When wi reach wi si smoke a come from di vehicle dem. Di driva a di minibus was in bad shape, and den other people start to cum and help move people from di bus. Di driva and two other people were bloody."

A fire truck was rushed to the scene, and shortly after an ambulance was spotted speeding away from the scene with several persons aboard. A ministry of health pickup truck also assisted with transporting the injured and those traumatised to hospital.

The police are yet to determine the cause of the accident, but already there are speculations that the driver of the motor car may have fallen asleep.

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