(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – Ten construction workers were rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre after they were involved in a traffic accident while heading to work on Thursday.
A source from the hospital who was not authorised to speak to the media told OBSERVER media that the injured men complained of pain to the chest, head, knee, legs and many suffered lacerations to the body.
The source said that four people were immediately released, four were treated for undisclosed injuries and further treatment was required for the remaining two.
The Strategic Communication Office of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda said that at about 7 a.m. yesterday Cebert Benjamin of All Saints Village was travelling eastward on Half Moon Bay Hill Road when the vehicle encountered difficulty.
Benjamin reported to police that while driving his orange Ford Ranger – registration plate C13763 – he heard a loud sound and realised he no longer had brakes.
“The allegations surrounding the incident is that he was travelling from west to east when he heard a loud explosion coming from under the vehicle and at that time he realised the brake line was ruptured or damaged and in an effort to avoid a collision he tried to pull the vehicle off to the side of the road, but, it ran into some nearby bushes,” Inspector Frankie Thomas said.
The public relations officer said 13 passengers were in the back of the truck when it ran off the road.
The Emergency Medical Services was summoned to the scene and transported the injured to the hospital.