CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Thursday January 15, 2015, CMC – Four people, including two young brothers, were killed when a truck in which they were travelling struck a utility pole, overturned and burst into flames on Wednesday, police said.
Local media reports said the driver, whose name was given only as Arthur, his girlfriend, Sarah Antoine and her grandson, David Agard, were trapped in the wreckage and burned to death.
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The accident occurred along the Bexon Highway, southeast of Castries.
According to a report from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the St Lucia News Online web site, Benjamin Antoine, another of Antoine’s grandchildren, succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital. He was initially rescued from the burning truck suffering from burns and injuries sustained in the accident.
A relative of Antoine told St. Lucia News Online that the couple had planned to buy some gasoline (in a fuel bottle) after picking up the children. Accodring to the St. Lucia News Online report, “the relative believed that the gas container – if it was bought – may have helped fuel the explosion after the truck crashed.”
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Media reports said that Antoine, who operates a bakery in Sarrot, was returning to her home after picking up the children from the L’Abayee SDA Primary School.
One eyewitness said that Arthur and Antoine “were alive when the guys took out the child…but they were stuck, so they burned to death.
“The emergency people took a while because we were waiting for a while for them to come, I tried calling them but the line said busy” the eyewitness added.
The horrific accident comes only two days after the tragic bus crash in Rock Gutter, St Vincent that claimed the lives of five people including several children. Two others are still missing and presumed dead after the minibus overtuned and crashed into the ocean.