Road Tragedy Claims Four

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Bexon high­way was, on Wed­nes­day 14th Jan­uary, 2015, the scene of a ma­jor ac­ci­dent which re­sulted in the death of four. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports at about 3:02p.m on that day the traf­fic unit of the Royal St Lu­cia Po­lice Force re­sponded to calls about a ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent. Ar­riv­ing on the scene it was dis­cov­ered that a mo­tor truck which was trav­el­ling in a south­ern di­rec­tion and was be­ing driven by 54 year old Thomas Arthur of De­g­los, Castries had run off the road and crashed into a util­ity pole. On board at the time was 58-year-old Mar­gre­tia An­toine, grand­mother of brothers six-year-old David Agard and four-year-old Ben­jamin Agard who were also on board, all of Sar­rot, Castries.

Upon im­pact, the mo­tor truck burst into flames and what is be­lieved to be the charred bod­ies of Thomas Arthur, Mar­gre­tia An­toine and David Agard were re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle.

Ben­jamin Agard, who sus­tained burns to the body, was trans­ported to the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal where he later suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, after pick­ing up Ben­jamin and David Agard from the nearby L’Abayee Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist School, the driver had stopped at a petrol sta­tion to pur­chase fuel. It was said that upon leav­ing the gas sta­tion, one of the truck tyres ex­ploded send­ing the ve­hi­cle across the road and into the util­ity pole. It is also widely be­lieved that a high ten­sion wire may have come into con­tact with the fuel on board and ig­nited the sparks that set the ve­hi­cle ablaze in­stantly.

Mean­while prime min­is­ter Dr. Kenny D. An­thony has ex­pressed his deep sor­row at the events of Wed­nes­day, that have claimed the lives of four cit­i­zens.

Re­flect­ing on the tragic turn of events, Dr. An­thony said: “I was stunned and in­cred­i­bly sad­dened to hear of the ac­ci­dent that took place. I was es­pe­cially dis­traught to hear that, once again, in­no­cent chil­dren have lost their lives on our roads. It must be an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult time for the Agard and An­toine fam­i­lies, for the L’Abayee SDA Pri­mary School, for the Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist fra­ter­nity, and for the com­mu­ni­ties of Sar­rot, L’Abayee, Bexon and De­g­los.

“The mother of lit­tle David Agard and Ben­jamin Agard, the chil­dren of Mar­gre­tia An­toine, must be crushed right now, and we spare a thought too for the fam­ily of the driver, Thomas Arthur. Th­ese fam­i­lies need all the support they can get from the com­mu­nity at large, and the en­tire na­tion shares in their grief.

“My con­do­lences go out to the be­reaved fam­i­lies, the stu­dents, teach­ers and staff of the L’Abayee SDA Pri­mary School, and I pray that they can find res­o­lu­tion.”

The in­ci­dent came just three days fol­low­ing a tragic ac­ci­dent in neigh­bour­ing St. Vincent. A small bus packed with sec­ondary stu­dents on their way to class plunged off a sea­side cliff there on Mon­day killing at least five chil­dren. Two other miss­ing per­sons were also feared to be dead.

Saint Lu­cians con­tinue to mourn the vic­tims of the deadly road

ac­ci­dent which oc­curred here on Wed­nes­day.

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