Police probe one of the worst traffic accidents in Barbados history

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 30, 2007 – The cause of the accident which killed six and injured 37 Sunday is now the focus of investigators. It was one of the worst traffic accidents in the history of the island.

A bus carrying revellers to an event of the annual Crop Over Festival on the east coast of the island crashed into a wall at Joe’s River, about 14 miles east of the capital Bridgetown. Crop Over is the island’s flagship festival.

Three men and three women were confirmed dead by police. Among the dead was the driver of the bus.

Though marring the calypso Party Monarch finals the show continued after observing a minute’s silence for victims of the tragedy which occurred around 11 am Sunday.

Five of the dead were named as: 

  • Adrian Franklyn of Lot 2, Oughterson Park;
  • Lauri Marshall of Parks Road, St Joseph;
  • Nancy Griffith of Goodinds Alley, Church Street, Speightstown, St. Peter;
  • Kenrick Harewood of Stadium Road, Bush Hall; and,
  • Morton Brathwaite of Sayers Court, Christ Church. The other victim is an unidentified female.

The annual five week festival of performing arts attracts in excess of 70,000.

The festival is being covered by approximately 50 journalists from the USA, UK, Canada and the Caribbean – the marjor tourism markets of the island. They will be here compliments of the Barbados Tourism Authority.