Accident in Portsmouth

An accident near Portsmouth this morning has left at least five persons injured. The accident occurred at One Mile, at around 8:30 this morning, when a bus heading to Portsmouth and carrying 5 persons,  the driver and 4 passengers, collided head-on with a car.

The passenger bus had just overtaken a mid-sized truck, according to the passengers, when the accident took place. The car skidded before hitting the bus, catapulting into a nearby ditch.

All persons involved in the accident were taken to the Portsmouth Hospital, and shortly thereafter the driver of the car and two of the passengers from the bus, a young man and a young lady, were taken by ambulance to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Despite the extensive damage to both vehicles, there were no fatalities and the other occupants of the bus walked away with minor cuts and bruises.

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89 Comments

  1. CUFFY
    July 18, 2011

    I MEANT MOTOR OFFICIAL,OK.

  2. CUFFY
    July 18, 2011

    ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORT ON THE ROAD SHOULD PASS A ROAD WORTHY TEST,FOR SHORT M.O.T..

  3. strange
    April 27, 2011

    de rasta in dat pic well fick hmmmm…….

  4. live ur life
    April 24, 2011

    Is some of the follish passengers that making some of those bus drivers drive so fast. And those drivers so stupid , see them they want to show their passengers thay professional. When you carrying young people, they want you to drive fast or they coming on your bus, well when you come on my bus I driving the safe way, I don’t want to get hurt, and I have a family too. I transported some basket ballers to c certain village and on the way back, you should hear how they criticize me, I driving too slow, 50 M.P.H, they tell me to bus it, 16 guys on the bus, real smart. Some bus drivers need ro re-test or retire. God continue to protect us from foolish drivers.

  5. nonur
    April 11, 2011

    hes lucky his ok

  6. live ur life
    April 10, 2011

    All drivers overtake especially the young guys when they try to impress their friends to show them that they are professional drivers and it is only when they crash, that everybody talks. Some of us have familiy members who are reckless drivers, but we remain silent, even when they crash, we always see the other driver as the one at fault. LET US FACE THE MUSIC AND SPEAK TO OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS who are reckless drivers, EDUCATION begins at home, so let us do what we have to do so that our roads can be safer in Dominica. Remember all driver form the fool on the street at various time, even when it is a small thing that they do wrong. Girlfriends tell your boyfriends o slow down, stop’ saying is so he driving’. When some one gets hurt in an accident it does not show immediately, it takes a few years to show. I am a victim of a head on collision, even when I told my husband to slow down, The other driver kept speeding up then slowing down, but we all have to excercise patience. May God bless us all.

  7. verls
    April 1, 2011

    unfortunately when u ask a driver 2 slow down he and other passengers think u’r crazy. Thank God that there were no fatalities

  8. Queen
    March 28, 2011

    Fix the roads and put street signs in place and then you will see the accident tragedies decrease

    Thanks and have a great day y’all!

    • dominican
      September 26, 2011

      The roads are not the problem. It is the drivers. There have been too many bus accidents. The bus drivers tend to forget that they have passengers on board and their lives are totally indebted to him. when you are taking over another moving vehicle you have to be conscientious of the fact that you are caring passengers. There should be some penalty for that kind of negligence. seriously!!

  9. no name no warrant
    March 28, 2011

    At the end of the day it’s all about the amount of money made, how little time it took them from point A to point B with no regard for human lives. It’s our duty & our rights to safeguard our lives. remember the life you, – save – might be your own. stay Alert, drivers, gone wild.

  10. Love
    March 27, 2011

    Can they pass a law, : or can the passangers report the bus drivers and what can be done about that? it is wrong to drive fast and Dominica road is so narrow I came home in 2005 OMG my eyes could not stay open and YES!!!!! they do drive crazy……. :twisted: ….

  11. ME
    March 27, 2011

    I hope the appropriate authories are taking note so that they can regulate that industry. They did it for the tourist so please do the same for us Dominicans.

  12. Anonymous
    March 26, 2011

    good driver never knew him that fast

  13. LMAO
    March 26, 2011

    Bus Drivers every where in the Caribbean are (A**)holes. I have traveled all of the English speaking Caribbean and am yet to see different in any one. They speed, block the roads to collect passengers and all that cr*p..oh did I mentioned the sch**l gi*ls?

  14. driver
    March 26, 2011

    that bus driver mad , mister always doing that on the road and i use to say one day he have to find his self in problem for that over take in those ways , i use to see him

    • u don't know
      March 27, 2011

      were you there?
      man stop talkin non-sense for the viewers

    • Anonymous
      March 28, 2011

      some people may no the person i totally agree is so he always driving i agree and people comment like that because they know the person ok

  15. killamanjaro-killa
    March 26, 2011

    really really mad ,i was just in dominica for the carnival and i see that it is a lawless place whats wrong with the drivers in dominica always bz going somewhere and they not going anywhere.the bus drivers 99.9% of then don’t know how to read and so dom,whats the rush only to pass everyone on the road from roseau to get to possie or where ever they goin and when they get where they goin is not anything they are doing just to seat by the road and talk.some of the drivers in dominica to go to driving school and this is not a joke this is real the thing i see in dominica,

    • Anonymous
      March 27, 2011

      u,
      i’m sure you are a dominican so please stop trying to bring down ur own pple in international view. when u all get to travel and see different things , you all getting frightened and looking down on people. please ensure that you work hard, don’t sit by the road and chat wherever you are so that you can attempt to take a rental or hire a private taxi when u come nextyear for carnival….. and who the …………….. you think you are for calling my country a lawless place? where are u from? snap out of it!! u frightened child!!
      work hard up there, big up urself so that you won’t fall back in my lawless country.
      Just look at you DNO chat name…………… who’s dumb now?
      Get real. so many driver go over their area speed limit at one time or the other. that’s life. accidents are mishaps which happen all the time so it’s unfortunate but nothing new, could happen to anyone!!

      • killamanjaro
        April 10, 2011

        In regard to your non sequitur reply i am dominican but don’t hold a dominica passport,spend the first eighteen years of my life in domininca the land i love the next twenty-two away look closer and u would see me i don’t rent i own one the best suv u see passing for the carnival that’s me, get out that crab hole u in and u will see that it is lawless no rule they do it any how,there’s something that’s called common sense no matter where u are in life u can get it, one don’t have to travel to have common sense but, dominican fail to get– like you.

  16. Whappening?
    March 26, 2011

    I know that bend. One Mile is one big bend and this dangerous idiot decides (as many do I am afraid) to overtake a truck on a blind bend.

    Our drivers need to learn that ‘fast’ is not skill. Slowing down and seeing what is ahead … that’s skill.

  17. TeteMorne I from....
    March 26, 2011

    Dunno what this driver’s rush was about, but, I know for a FACT that it is all about the MONEY for the ones from the Grandbay area. They will break their necks, and yours in order to get the most people and reach roseau first! The other driver better NOT have a full load! Bad ganja breath, sweat, speed, greed, people packed like sadines = accidents waiting to happen!! slow the d(f)uck down!!!

    • TeteMorne I from....
      March 27, 2011

      Yes TeteMorne people, give me all the thumbs down in the world but I am telling DE TRUTH and you ALL know it. With enablers like you all, those bus drivers will continue to injure, destroy lives, and eventually KILL you ALL! Don’t you see how they STILL allow you to walk all the way to Grandbay (Lalee) for your ride to town?? They have ZERO respect for y’all. :mrgreen:

  18. Re
    March 25, 2011

    i hav ride on dis bus be4 n d way i c he drivin i sa not me again, wen i get down d bus i sa thank u lord. while he driving he talkin he hav to turn an watch d person he talkin to, eatin an drivin a no, no. but thank u lord it wasn’t worst, n i was not on board

  19. Know nut
    March 25, 2011

    How is it possible that any lunatic and I do mean lunatic ,in possesion of a Class B drivers license can pick up a Bus. ply a route and suddenly he becomes a Bus Driver. No screening, no examination, be it physical, mental, or physcological to determine the fitness of the individual.This public transportation system is chaoticThe Bus Drivers are the most ill disciplined bunch of people who use the road.They are a law unto themselves,take a look at what goes on at Cork Street & Upper Lane,or opposite Jollys Pahrmacy on King George V street,or that KEEP CLEAR area around Peebles Park on tourist day,or the Grand Bay bus stop on Hanover Street.This chaotic Mish Mash cannot be allowed to continue, we deserve much much more.What we have is chaos masquerading as Public Transporation

    • 2011...wow
      March 26, 2011

      As we have all noticed…..being a BUS driver in Dominica has nothing to do with experience……but as long as one is able to get a LOAN…and if one can’t, then what the heck….get a cosigner!!!!!!!…. you can be a BUS driver…the only experence needed is drive……and drive fast good to goooooo…some even drive without insurance….as long as they get their $150….when they drop you off….

      Simple….

    • BELZBOB
      March 27, 2011

      Unless I’m mistaken, I think a C class license is required to drive hired and trade vehicles.
      Your point is duly noted though that some sort of examination should be put in place to be allowed to become a paid public transportation operator. I also think that Dominica should include a D class license for those intending to drive dumpers, tractors and other heavy machinery. I think there should be a written examination as well as a more comprehensive road test for all the classes of licenses. This examination should include road signs, life and death situations ( for example what procedures should one carry out in case of an accident), road courtesy, speed limits and zones, and I’m sure the Traffic Department officers can come up with much more ideas that I can.
      Also, the roads in Dominica need to be better defined. Center lines, speed limits, stop, yield and right of way markings and signs need to be put up clearly. The lack of traffic officers monitoring the roads is also a very serious cause of concern.
      I will not go as far as to call Dominica lawless, but it is very law-lacking; and where there are laws they are not very well enforced – especially where the roads are concerned.

      PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHILE DRIVING.

  20. HMMMMMM(the psychic)
    March 25, 2011

    They really need to implement driving speed limit in Dominica. Too many reckless and careless drivers in the country. Some people think that if they don’t drive beyond certain miles per hour they can’t drive or they will not be categorized as one of the popular drivers. Every visit to Dominica gets more scarey for me because of the way people drive in the country. People need to be more considerate to others, not only other drivers but pedestrians as well

    • Arnold
      March 27, 2011

      there are “speed limits” but no one really follows them… such as in a village the speed limit is 20mph pretty sure no one drives 20mph in a village…

    • live ur life
      April 10, 2011

      The speed limit in a village is 20m.p.h and on the highway is 40 m.p.h.

  21. standpipe
    March 25, 2011

    no way in dominica is far ,so no need to rush .

  22. Anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    No way in Dominica far so i do not know what is the rush.

  23. papa
    March 25, 2011

    I have also seen some of these bus drivers drinking and then going behind the wheel to drive passengers.
    It is time we start taking clamping down on these bus drivers.

  24. Piper
    March 25, 2011

    I have always said, the only time Dominicans are in a hurry is when they are behind the wheel of a car. I have driven in Dominica and really and truly, there is no reason to drive more than 60 kph. The moment you get above that, it is time to slow down for a corner, or a pothole.

    This is totally not worth it.

  25. in axa
    March 25, 2011

    I think the proper authorities need to take a closer look at this matter and seriously consider doing something about those who drive without due care. Bus drivers or drivers on a whole need to be educated about the ROAD RULES. It makes no sense to be in a hurry and still not get to your destination. Common man drivers..buck up and be more responsible.

  26. Gorillaz
    March 25, 2011

    This year we’ll have less murders perdicted 7 for the year , but road fatalities will have the most 10 alongside suicides 5 .

  27. Anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    i do believe we have some reckless bus drivers,they need to be more careful, but do you know that we are more guilty than they? we have the right to ask them to slow down or we get off the bus . it is we who are paying their loans , if we don’t ride they don’t have buses. but we sit down in those buses , shut our mouths and when an accident happen all of talking. we need to take a stand together against that nonesence , and let the quilty drivers know that we have enough.

    • James
      March 25, 2011

      That is so true! The pasengers have rights too. I for one DO NOT tolerate loud music, nor excessive speeding on any bus. I prefer to walk ten miles home than end up dead,or in a ditch, mashed up for life. I open my mouth and I tell the driver slow the hell down, I want to get where I am going safely and in one piece. One thing I have noticed too is that if there are young high school kids on the bus, the driver well, some of them blast the music,and speed more, sometimes at the urging of the kids.! Passengers must open their mouths and say slow down or put me down. We have too many dangerous bends, too many precipeses in Dominica to be taking chances with crazy drivers! If the driver realises that the passengers are paying attention to his reckless behaviour, and are speaking up about it he has no choice BUT to check himself and drive with care.

  28. BIGGER MAN
    March 25, 2011

    There should be a special clause in the laws to prosecute bus drivers who cause accidents by overtaking. Accidents can and do happen but they can also be prevented. When you decide to be a bus driver and have people’s lives in your hands you need to be cautious. If you are alone in your private vehicle and decide to fly that is your prerogative but when you have other peoples lives in your hands you need to be smart. The law must also make bus drivers be responsible for medical bills of people injured in their stupid accidents.

    • hibiscus
      March 25, 2011

      true say, i second that

    • James
      March 25, 2011

      To say they can fly in their private vehicle is even wrong too, because, they might just meet me or you in flight! Then what?. Again I say Dominica has too many dangerous bends, too many scary precipeses for people to be driving recklessly!!! You can be drivng your vehicle or someone else’s we should ALL drive with caution everytime, all the time

      • Arnold
        March 27, 2011

        scary precipice lol… that’s the fun of driving in d/ca

    • baby a
      March 26, 2011

      Real talk, biggerman, it’s something i alway say. Wise up people, ignorance and plain stupidity will continue to put us all at risk.

  29. LADY BEE
    March 25, 2011

    THEY MUST START PUTTING BUS DRIVERS ON PROBABTION FOR A YEAR WHEN IT HAVE ACCIDENTS LIKE THAT….

  30. worried sick
    March 25, 2011

    I have observed that some i must say some bus drivers care less about the people they carry. They are always busy going to St. Lucia and Guadeloupe while their buses are still on Dominican soil. I really don’t understand. The accident this morning should not have happened, a big truck in infront you, you overtaking in a corner? animals you have on board man. The law is jus too slack on those careless drivers. There are times when an accident is unavoidable, and you see the driver tried his best to get out of it. On a stretch like one mile, why? people have family who care about them, and need to take serious action against those bus drivers with those foolish accidents.

  31. anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    only pea brained people make such comments, how can he be right? another fool makes a dumb comment, [email protected] driver… some people just lack common sense, and wanna be a smart ass! sorry, but that`s my opinion.. just thankful no fatalities happened in the accident.

  32. 2011...wow
    March 25, 2011

    Maybe it’s time to implement CITY BUSes….cause the bus drivers can be fired for not following the rules….the bus driver in DA only think of the money, and forget about the us “Human”…..they tend to treat us like cattles taken to the slutter house…

    If we go to Dominica, and rent a little CAR they call us coparaison…..if we say any thing they tend to say f**k u it’s my bus in silence, we know that……and we know all shall eat…..but please….

    • lisa dodds
      March 26, 2011

      This is so true. I always have a problem with these bus drivers especially those who run the portsmouth to Roseau route. I do believe that special laws should be put in place so that these people can respect and protect the lives of passengers.They too reckless man….. sometimes the buses are not even well insured .

  33. Prestige
    March 25, 2011

    Stupidity. But I’m glad no one is dead. Drivers boy!!!! I rather get to my destination safe than be late.

  34. Dcauk
    March 25, 2011

    I made a comment on a previous accident which had to do with a bus driver in the past., The system they have in dominica is wrong these guys get a driving licence and after two yeas they applying for pvc licence.
    tt should not be like this, they have no experience., how can you drive a bus full o passeners at speed? it’s wrong!! our drivers in Dominica needs to be educated about th safetyof the public when taking on the role as a pvc driver..

    • possie
      March 25, 2011

      u are so true when i use to drive bus the law was u need to have a number of years driving to obtain a passanger bus lincence and now all young man that get licence one day briving bus. and all the know is speed not drive safe .

  35. Interesting...
    March 25, 2011

    Too often we see persons overtaking when they are not able to judge correctly if the road is clear or if the speed of an oncoming vehicle allows them to do so. Up to last night, I had to quickly pull over on the side of the road to make way for a car which was overtaking a vehicle, coming towards me from the opposite direction. I really would not be bothered if the only ones who get hurt or die are the ones who behave so recklessly; but innocent persons get hurt too! We need “highway patrol” these days in Dominica…

    • Truth Seaker!
      March 25, 2011

      You know what” There used to be police patrols in the 70’s and early 80’s. You would think that now we have more traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) on the road is now there would be greater police presence. Nah. Think the new Commish of Police has the foresight to set things right? Advise government on a new traffic ordinance – especially with the road improvements taking place island-wide?

      Funny how we always the cart before the horse in our little DA. At least, government should be contemplating and developing new guidelines for road useage in tandem with these major works occuring, so as to make it safer to traffic our roads.

      As for the bus drivers, that’s why I do not take public transportation in DA. I drive myself as cautious as I can. These guys drive as if they on a race track, with people’s lives hanging in the balance. Thing is, if you say anything, even the folks whose lives is in danger criticize you and take up for THEIR bus driver. Go figure!

    • live ur life
      April 10, 2011

      THAT IS TRUE WE REALLY NEED THE POLICE TO PATROL THE HIGHWAY, STOP STROLLING IN ROSEAU WITH YOUR BLUE BOOK AND DO THE JOB YOU ARE BEING PAID TO DO. SAFEGUARD YOUR PEOPLE. ” PROTECT AND SERVE”

  36. Yes Fada
    March 25, 2011

    The way I see it, bus drivers are just high risk these days. Lord have mercy on us who rely on public transportation, even paedestrians and automobile owners too…..cause I’m not sure what the rush-rush is about.

    • Sexy Megzo
      March 25, 2011

      ukno wat imean! ready to take u out on d side ov d road n put u in bush… wit dur rush rush vybz dey hav goin on

      • Jay
        March 27, 2011

        You expect somebody to read that?

        • babs
          April 1, 2011

          hahahahahahahha :lol: very funny Jay, but true. I know it have short-hand, but sorry to say, that is pure illiteracy.

  37. van
    March 25, 2011

    Perhaps traffic lights and speed limits should be introduced in some places. Or more importantly create new jobs and hire individuals to do this.

    • lisa dodds
      March 26, 2011

      That has nothing to do with drivers being more responsible.

  38. Anonymous
    March 25, 2011

    Its high time the government introduce and enforce speed limit laws. Get speed meters. cctv. the bull i see on dca roads should only be done on highways in big cities and on my ps3

  39. Goldie
    March 25, 2011

    could have happened to anyone, however when driving public transportation we need to be more responsible as people’s lives are in our hands!

    • Annonymous Reader
      March 25, 2011

      I know! And some of those bus drivers does get well vex when you ask them to slow down wi! stupes!!

      • James
        March 25, 2011

        well is slow down or PUT ME DOWN!! I don’t care where or when, vex or bust, PUT ME DOWN.

  40. SADIST
    March 25, 2011

    D BUS DRIVER WANTED MONEY AND A NEW BUS. DO U ALL KNOW THE TREND? CRASH THE BUS 4 D INSURANCE AGENT TO GIVE U A NEW ONE OR MONEY

    • raw dominican
      March 25, 2011

      no dam sence

    • Harmony
      March 25, 2011

      be more considerate when you making your statemetns. U sound like an idiot.

      • bus driver
        March 25, 2011

        u sound more sot. u don’t know nothing about them things.

        • Harmony
          March 25, 2011

          Peace be with u

        • nope
          March 25, 2011

          sadist is sot! and bus driver is sorter! lol..you need not know anything about dem things that you are claiming! you sound more stupid thatn sadist! SMH!!

    • lisa dodds
      March 26, 2011

      But he can go and throw himself and his bus over a cliff. (like I heard). he does not have to take anyone with him.

  41. FED UP DOMINICAN
    March 25, 2011

    Do we have roads in Dominica that we can easily overtake. NO. So why do it. Just stop and think of others. Be more cautious and considerate.

    Lets just be thankfull that there were no fatalities.

  42. Be2
    March 25, 2011

    Slow down. Quit driving like maniacs. You are not going to a fire and this is only an island so what is the big rush?

    • live ur life
      April 10, 2011

      Have you ever been to St Lucia, take a Hire bus and you will find our how fast they drive. I am not making excuses for the driver, There are a lot of arrogant drivers on our roads, and when they do these things people talk, I think ALL DRIVERS needs to retest, Some have no judgement some cannot reverse, cannt parallel park. and their attitudes are rotten. BUS DRIVERS, TRUCK DRIVERS, CAR DRIVERS, CYCLISTS, BIKERS, some of them have too muh big egos, and when they are our families we keep making excuses for them, I drive everyday and I do not excuse none of them, they all do the same thing, it’s only when acidents happen we start pointing fingers. May God bless us all.

  43. Simple
    March 25, 2011

    Oh my god my prayers goes out to the victims that everything will be alright with them.

    • for real
      March 26, 2011

      i was just reading thru the comments and yours is the first expressing concern for those who were injured. thanks. everybody else was traffic officers ,police,judge and jury about the bus drivers. the fact is accidents can be prevented, but good lord, they happen, and to anybody! my prayers go out to those injured and to their families. also to the drivers, because although negligent at times, they suffer the most.

  44. sweeeet
    March 25, 2011

    can someone tell me where them people from who is the driver

  45. bless up
    March 25, 2011

    thank God there wasnt no serious injuries

  46. waw
    March 25, 2011

    bus drivers r tooooo recklesssss bondie with ppl lives..always speeding/overtaking or just stopping anywhereee..i understand d economy tight but see dat this morning dere..could have gone worse!

  47. JAZYBELE
    March 25, 2011

    oh no,I feel sorry for Mali.I hope he gets better soon

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