The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

San­dals Chair­man Gor­don ‘Butch’ Ste­wart said his thoughts and prayers are with all the af­fected team mem­bers who were in­volved in a ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent in Choc Bay, Saint Lu­cia ear­lier this week. Ste­wart wished a speedy re­cov­ery to all in­volved, and gave his as­sur­ance that the com­pany would be there for them in their time of need.

At around 9 a.m. Tues­day morn­ing a staff bus with 15 team mem­bers was head­ing to the San­dals Grande Re­sort when, on ap­proach­ing the Mor­gan Bay re­sort in Choc Bay, a car head­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion ap­peared to lose con­trol; it hit the bus, which veered off course and was about to col­lide with a truck. Quick ac­tion by the driver avoided the col­li­sion with the truck; how­ever, the bus ran into a wall.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent team mem­bers had high praise for the driver, say­ing the in­ci­dent could have been worse if not for his fast think­ing.

San­dals Re­sorts has ex­pressed a spe­cial thank you to the en­tire man­age­ment and staff of the Mor­gan Bay re­sort who rushed to the as­sis­tance of the in­jured team mem­bers, pro­vid­ing care and com­fort, and even help­ing with trans­porta­tion as they awaited the ar­rival of the emer­gency ser­vices.

“They truly went above and be­yond the call of duty, and their com­pas­sion in pro­vid­ing aid to our team mem­bers truly ex­em­pli­fies the spirit of com­radery and friend­ship among the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor here in Saint Lu­cia,” a re­lease from the com­pany stated.

Words of grat­i­tude also went out to the doc­tors and staff of the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal. The ma­jor­ity of staff mem­bers in­volved in the ac­ci­dent suf­fered cuts and bruises and were even­tu­ally dis­charged.

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