BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Multiple fatalities in serious accident in Vieille Case

Red circle shows position of vehicle

There has been a serious accident in Vieille Case in the northern part of Dominica and there have been multiple fatalities, DNO can confirm.

According to reports, five people may have died when the vehicle they were travelling in ran off a cliff in an area called Ambas, in Vieille Case.

The victims, who are from Penville, were travelling to that village when the accident occurred.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are unknown at this time but DNO understands that it happened at approximately 7:00 am.

DNO was initially told that rescue operations from ‘Auttou’ were impossible due to rough seas. However, we’ve since been informed that a rescue group including police and villagers, was able to brave the rough seas and retrieve the bodies from the wrecked vehicle.

Area where the vehicle ran off the road

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87 Comments

  1. Tobby
    August 9, 2017

    I never believe in those low metal barriers can stop any major accident at all , rip guys

  2. LostButFound
    August 9, 2017

    Tears came to my eyes while reading this tragic news. I did not know any of the young men nor their families; however, I have children and can only imagine the grief their loved ones and friends are experiencing. This is a sobering reminder that the many admirable and beatiful natural traits that make our Nature Isle a wonder to behold is juxtaposed against a landscape of rugged terrain, precipitous drops, and dangerous turns. Not fully knowing the specific set of circumstances that led to this terrible mishap, I can only encourage all drivers to respect the roads, drive carefully, be alert and always remember to ask The Most High to carry you, your passengers, and the the other drivers on the road with you safely to and from your destination. May The Most High provide His sustaining comfort and peace to all who are left to mourn the five young men.

  3. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    August 7, 2017

    Those poor young men. I visualize how they felt and what they thought at such a time.
    As distressful as it were for them, have no doubt they could have called on God and asked Him for forgiveness.
    This is a true story which occurred in the ancient days: I have heard it more than once on US Catholic Radio.
    A Catholic went to a holy Priest, I think he was the Cure of Ars, Saint John Vianney. During confession she cried and told the Priest her husband committed suicide by drowning.
    This Priest was like a Seer. God gave him special powers to read hearts. He told the woman: “Your husband’s soul is in Purgatory. Between the bridge and the water he asked God for forgiveness. Pray for his soul.”
    As sad as she was, this was consoling to the lady.
    Those who think there is no hope, there is hope. While the body is still warm there is hope.
    God bless and enlighten the doubters and deniers to believe that. I will pray for their souls as I do for others who passed on.

    • Big Bannan
      January 17, 2018

      While your at it say a prayer for your soul too. You seem lost and out of touch with reality.

  4. Concerned Citizen
    August 7, 2017

    I call on the PM to cease the upcoming hotel project and get advice from engineers to fix our roads. I mean it’s time to cut roads inland and get away from the cliffs. Is it possible- l don’t know but we can look into it.

  5. pashy coco
    August 7, 2017

    I’ll tell you now, that some of these “mishaps” and “accidents” we are now witnessing in Dominica IS NOT NORMAL. Say what you may – THEY ARE NOT NORMAL OCCURRENCES. 50 Cent de Rapper said, “GET RICH OR DIE TRYING.” Many parents are not aware of the diabolical fad their children have exposed themselves to.

    Facebook is a good place to start looking into some people’s behavior. The flashing of certain signs, depicting of certain images, etc., will give clear indication of where your child stand. Many have sold their souls to the devil for fame and fortune – We have to start looking into these things in order to know what’s going on. Many young people are being sacrificed and we call it “ACCIDENT.” David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and I shall not want.” Some uh you may not agree with me; but I know full well what I’m talking about. It’s a new phenomenon to hit our shores (demon worship) and we are seeing the results. The Children of God are safe and secure.

  6. August 7, 2017

    Oh My!!!!!!!!!! Oh My!!!!!!!!!! Deepest sympathies to the affected families and friends!
    I do not know the circumstances surrounding this very saddening incident, whether it is brakes or steering failure or something else, but I wish to offer some advice that we all can learn from. Since we know that Dominica is very mountainous:
    1. When driving especially in mountainous areas, drive slowly. When you are approaching a corner, please slow down enough to turn the corner comfortably. Drive even slower on wet or foggy roads.
    2. Use your horn responsibly, sounding it whenever you come to any point in the road that you cannot see a few yards ahead – blind corners, bends, brows of hills etc.
    3. Please DO NOT drink any alcoholic beverage and drive.
    4. Do NOT argue with other drivers. If a driver wants to pass you, allow him/her to do so whenever you can.
    5. Encourage other drivers to practice what is mentioned above.
    BE SAFE! LOVE LIFE! DRIVE WELL! :-D

    • Ms Mad
      August 7, 2017

      Tragic. Sending thoughts and prayers to their friends and families.

      Additional reminder: Do not talk on the phone or text while driving.

    • Jello
      August 7, 2017

      Well done. All drivers should follow these instructions.

  7. Norman Thomas
    August 7, 2017

    Motorists please take your time when driving anywhere in Dominica. The roads might be “tempting” but you MUST be careful all times. May they rest in peace. Very very sad.

  8. virginia
    August 6, 2017

    Agreed, the roads do need safety measures

    • Truth Knowledge
      August 7, 2017

      Really? The vehicle plowed through a protective rail/barrier. Unfortunately, sometimes such tragic incidents occur and there is nothing that anyone can do about, or to prevent it.

  9. Melee
    August 6, 2017

    Very sad news. Lord we are in your hanďs.

  10. Arthlene Laudat Lawrence.
    August 6, 2017

    Lord this is very sad?? Praying for their families and for Dominica.

  11. Richard Joseph
    August 6, 2017

    MAY the Living God of Heaven hold those families close to Him at this time.
    We will continue to lift them up daily in prayer that they will receive comfort and strength from the Holy Spirit of God.
    There are some tough days ahead.
    Please be encouraged.

  12. Peaches
    August 6, 2017

    Condolences to all the families. May God grant you strenght. This is truly sad.

  13. Hurting
    August 6, 2017

    My heart goes out to all the families . Sad sad day

  14. Justice,Peace &Righteousness
    August 6, 2017

    Deepest condolences to family and friends

  15. Danziger
    August 6, 2017

    That is sad news for us lord strengthen the families. RIP this is hurtful very sad.

  16. Cleo
    August 6, 2017

    My condolences to the family of the deacese..May they RIP.

  17. Don Esprit
    August 6, 2017

    Very sad.. So sorry.

  18. EMPRESSRN
    August 6, 2017

    SIP soldiers, my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased

  19. Blue787
    August 6, 2017

    Deepest condolences from Barbados, that’s a scary thing, someone needs to reassess the roads especially the ones way up. RIP to all, my prayers with the families.

  20. August 6, 2017

    :( Oh how sad to hear of the accident on the feast of the transfiguration. Be careful on the roads my dear folks.

  21. Camelie Williams
    August 6, 2017

    Good day Iwant to tell my people we need to go back to God
    back to prayer we need God the fervent or hot prayer if a righteous avail much

  22. August 6, 2017

    Oh how sad, on the feast of the transfiguration. May he souls of the departed rest in peace. Be careful of the roads my friends, one life to live. :cry:

  23. Man bites Dogs
    August 6, 2017

    This is a very very sad times my condolences goes out to all the families, God bless to all .

  24. Concerned
    August 6, 2017

    woe unto a man who giveth his brother a bottle…….

  25. Roseau River
    August 6, 2017

    RIP. Condolences to the families

  26. Modeste Downes
    August 6, 2017

    I love Dominica. This tragedy has me severely disturbed emotionally. My deepest condolences to the bereaved. Dominica, you’ve been through other difficult moments, you’ll come through again this time. Courage, my brothers and sisters. [Modeste Downes, Saint Lucian poet/writer]

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      August 7, 2017

      What we must keep in mind, it could occur to any drier who travel that road. This is why we must extend our condolence to their families and others who knew them. They are in deep mourning on the loss of those five young men.
      I think of what the grieving families especially are going through. It is no easy matter for them.
      Those who travel that road will always think of them and what occurred. May God protect other drivers who use this road.

  27. concern citizen
    August 6, 2017

    We in this country should stop minding men and minding God, we only know GOD when tragedies like that happened
    It is serious thing the Devil is at work, the devil is trying to take home those soles before they even come to the realization of their creator, people be area Lucifer is furious, he is busy, his time is at hand, people be conscious we can’t serve God and mammon at the same time, stop the illegalities that is existing in the country and try and serve JEHOVAH GOD truthfully, stop the hypocrisy and stop being bought for scraps If U know it say IT!
    May the souls of those departed rest in peace

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      August 7, 2017

      I realize the Devil is always there. He never leaves us for a moment. He envies us because he knows what he lost and, while our life lasts we have recourse to God.
      We cannot take God for granted. God knows our weaknesses. We are in no position to say where their souls are. By this I mean, Heaven or Hell.
      There is something unknown when souls make the transition from life to death. This is why Our Lord Jesus Christ told us, “Do not judge…”
      Remember what He also said: “Those who call upon Him will be saved.” Know that he did not specify how and when.
      People are not all that bad, young or old. Know also God will not overlook all good deeds.
      If I were to state it you would not believe. However, there is a book I will refer to, if you wish to read it. It is, The Diary of Sister – Saint Faustina Kowalska of Poland, now a book, “Divine Mercy In My Soul.”

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      August 7, 2017

      I heard on a Catholic US Radio what the late Archbishop Fulton .J. Sheen said on his radio program about Purgatory. I typed it and saved it. It is approximately 5 pages long. You probably could get it on the Internet.
      I also have other information on that subject by authentic visionaries.
      There are deniers and doubters. “It is better to believe than not to believe.”
      At the same time, “For those who believe no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”
      Practicing Catholics’ teaching and obligation is to hope that God had mercy on their souls and pray for the repose of their souls. Then leave it up to God.
      There is a short prayer which we should say as frequently as possible: “Sacred Heart of Jesus, once in agony have pity on the dying.”
      God hears prayers. If we believe, He is everywhere, He will hear our prayer. This prayer can help anyone who is dying in the world. The Catholic Church is praying for everyone.

  28. My Two Cents In
    August 6, 2017

    Congratulations to the police, the Coast Guard, and the everyday regular citizens who did good community work.
    To the families, friends, and communities affected, please accept my sympathy.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      August 7, 2017

      Yes! They all enthusiastically did an excellent job. It did not go unnoticed by Our God.
      Now, did you observe the love and mercy of God in these matters? You note that in times of need and of tragedy how many people come to the rescue? You also note probably some of them did not know the young men? We see God in all things and this is also in people.
      This is why Our Loving God is so good, merciful and forgiving to us pitiful, imperfect people. :) He, Our Lord Jesus Christ who told us to love God with all your heart and soul and to love one another as I have loved you.” It is a Commandment, a mandate from God; not a suggestion. :) as some think it is.
      We pray to the Lord: “Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy” for the souls of the young men.

  29. Joan
    August 6, 2017

    This is very sad…heartbreaking…my condolences to the family

  30. Boisdiab Militia
    August 6, 2017

    We don’t need any prayers nor any help from the lord he should know if he knows anything how terrible this situation would be. What we do need as a country is a moment to reflect on ourselves & educate the youths on the dangers of alcohol.

  31. Joan
    August 6, 2017

    Very sad Sunday morning….my condolences to the families R.I.P

  32. Me
    August 6, 2017

    We need to stop sending pictures and videos of these accidents! Can you image if these were your family members? Every accident in Dominica people take pictures and photos and share it on WhatsApp it’s so disrespectful. If you get these videos and photos stop sharing them and report the source.

    • Fairness to all
      August 7, 2017

      So disrespectful to those who have passed. What is wrong with people these days! Horrified by what I saw yesterday. Allow the families to grieve in peace and for the people who have passed to rest in peace, not be displayed at their most vulnerable moment. Really wrong.

  33. RastarMarn
    August 6, 2017

    It truly saddens RastarMarn to see this tragic loss but we always see the sadness in these events and overlook the underlying cause of these tragedies,,,

    The element of these incidents always cocludes to one final analysis: safe driving on these treacherous roads designed for carts pulled by animals,,,

    Drivers young and old need to take heed of these road condition on Dominica and take extra precaution when navigating those roadways,,,

    This is a very tragic instant but we should take this and learn from it, take our time to travel these roads,,,

  34. Tye
    August 6, 2017

    My prayer r with dominica over the passing of 5 young this morning I pray their families n that their souls rest in peace coming from all ST.. LUCIANS

  35. Dominican Passports
    August 6, 2017

    Rest up guys :-?

  36. August 6, 2017

    Real sad day.
    The families are lifted in prayers??

  37. Dexter Rose
    August 6, 2017

    My deepest condolences to all of Dominica. The type of terrain we share can be treacherous. May the lost souls rest eternally

  38. Joan
    August 6, 2017

    Condolences to all the families who has lost a loved one. May all their souls Rest In Peace.
    This is very sad. Prayers & ?

  39. Holiday Island Boy
    August 6, 2017

    My condolences to the family and friends of these unfortunate victims. As a visitor, I had travelled that road in some very unfavourable weather. While I was using my driving skills, my wife beside me was engaged in constant praying.

  40. Dominican/USA
    August 6, 2017

    my heart is aching for these ppl family. Prayers goes out to them. May their souls rest in peace.

  41. travel
    August 6, 2017

    growing up back home, I was always afraid of these precipice, gommier, tibaud, opark, amber precipice dangerous and still the same. when will the government provide strong side walls for these death points? these guys are from my village, where my father comes from, so it hits home. Sad.

  42. NYer
    August 6, 2017

    My aches for the families. I do hope the did not suffer down there. God knows. This is horrifying. I pray for you Penville

  43. Yoland Jno Jules
    August 6, 2017

    It was too terrible sad to take pictures and we could not as we were in the rough sea and those bodies were so badly damaged it was very scary ……..broken bones alas never saw that in my life,

  44. Angel
    August 6, 2017

    What a sad story to wake up to this Sunday morning. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families

  45. Yoland Jno Jules
    August 6, 2017

    D N O I have just returned from a hard tiring difficult and sad mission, along with young men of Vieille case, later joined by Penville the time was 7.15 am when my grand Daughter on my porch said she seeing a white car going down the precipice then i heard a screaming and saw a pickup came to the police station i rushed out to the Amber Precipice immediately there i met a young man trying to go down i told him no we have to go through Autto, When i got to know it was Chris Marclin health inspector from Penville Car i immediately rushed up to Penville to contact the family and passed the massage to Clem another EHO his cousin and rushed back to the Autto bay crossed the river to under the Precipice joined by the police and villagers we started to pull out the bodies from the wreck the sea was rough, so we had to brace our selves there was blood and water mingled together two men had to hold the doors open while Mikie and my self risk the water to get into the car to pull out the bodie

    • August 6, 2017

      Yolande thanks for this information; it expresses the Love that God wants us to put on display.

      Sometimes it is very difficult to understand why things happen the way they do–five brothers lost the Life in one accident; two mothers lost their son in the same week, one through the behavior of criminals, and the other through physical afflictions (these mothers are my sister and me).

      Just as I pray for my nephew and my son, I pray the same for those young men, that they shall rest in peace, until Jesus will call us to the resurrection, the call that will take us to the Land of Paradise to live with Him forevermore.

      May the family be blessed with the energy of God’s peace to walk away from this dark tragedy, God’s work must be done as He has planned for each one of us, we just have to let it be .

    • Pedroito
      August 6, 2017

      I pray that our Govt will find it right to declare that road a disaster and abandon and ban that road blok it for life, we must find an alternative safer road entry and exit made into Vielle Casse, Penville, and Thibaud, that can be done, this cannot be allowed to continue,

    • Pebbles
      August 6, 2017

      You all are heroes for bracing the rough sea to retrieve the bodies
      May God bless you all and rip to the victims

    • Alas
      August 6, 2017

      God bless you sir for your bravery and for retelling your story and God bless your grand daughter because if she had not seen we would still at this point probably not know what had happened to them, and she may also need counseling as well as you and all the other brave men. Very sad situation for us all Dominicans.

    • hhhhhhhhhhhhh
      August 6, 2017

      God bless you and the others for your bravery and willingness to assist with this difficult job. I hope there is counselling available to all of you as this must have been very traumatic for the rescuers as well.

    • indira Ghandi
      August 6, 2017

      Oh my God.
      This is heart breaking.
      Father, i pray for strength and comfort for all those who are directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy.

    • August 6, 2017

      I call you show boat but you did your well councilor.

    • Kae
      August 6, 2017

      Thank you for your bravery and putting these young gentlemen before you.May God continue to Bless, Guide and Protect you and your family..,A word of advice if I may..Please ensure to have your grand daughter get some form of counselling, as she was the one who saw the vehicle going down the precipice to a it’s final but fatal destination..It may not affect her right now, but in a a few days or weeks from now one can never tell what might happen..My heart and prayers are with the families, loved ones, friends and village of Penville..

    • Just Passing Through
      August 7, 2017

      This is such sad news Yoland; what a difficult and emotional task this must have been for you and the others. My Sympathies to the families of the victims. May the souls of thes young men rest in peace. To the Families and grieving Communities, Dominicans all over share your grief. May God grant you the strength and be with you through it all, we pray. Amen.

  46. dominican in uk.
    August 6, 2017

    sad so sad to hear dem news . Our country is very mountainous and our road winding and bending around clifftops .we need better road safety on our roads. proper sign marking and guard rails in dangerous areas like these.

    • Chamery
      August 6, 2017

      Can’t you see from the photos that there was a guard rail? Are you assigning blame for this accident?

      • PI
        August 8, 2017

        If you was at the scene of the accident you would have noticed that the pillar which holds the guard rails has only 4 inches of concrete into the soil Obviously it would be rooted out if a bicycle ran into it. how can this be? who built these and what were they thinking. Its time we make people pay for this nonsense.

    • dee
      August 6, 2017

      Dominican in UK
      so should i say God is the only one who looked after us
      when we used to have the 3 tonne trucks loaded with passengers and goods, traversing those very same roads in de darkness at 3in the morning ? Its only God who could have been holding us in his hands .

    • Man bites Dogs
      August 6, 2017

      @ Dominican in UK, Before you start running away with the story take a look at DNO pictures you will notice that their are guard rail the car seems to hit before going down, I don’t think you have been to Dominica to see our roads infrastructure before writing rubbish, Also in the UK their are many big wide roads properly sign yet drivers get into acident, Stop using people lives to make political gains.

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2017

      Yes dominica needs better road safety all around. In an effort to not blame the victims, speed is usually the number one factor knowing the roads are treacherous. Drivers please take into consideration weather, road hazards, and you and your vehicle capability.

      • Man bites Dogs
        August 8, 2017

        Anonymous, I personally would pay you to do better roads in Dominica without an acident you bloody idiot.

  47. Pooshoompeng
    August 6, 2017

    Goodness me! Sending much love and praying for solace.

  48. Laplaine Observer
    August 6, 2017

    Very sad. Pray for the families of these individuals.

  49. Ginger
    August 6, 2017

    Very sad on this Sunday morning… Condolences to the families.

  50. D/ca all the way
    August 6, 2017

    So sad. May they rest in peace.

  51. blessings
    August 6, 2017

    Lord, we need your hedge of protection around us. we have been experiencing an increase in vehicular accidents in our country. Lord, we need you now.

    Satan Be Gone: leave my people alone.

  52. Pinnezz
    August 6, 2017

    Lord have mercy upon your children, send your guardian angel to guide and protect us lord throughout this holiday season, especially our young people, our drivers and all who intends to go out and have fun.

  53. Jennifer
    August 6, 2017

    Sad ? story omg ? my thoughts and prayers with love ones and friends ??????????????

  54. Shona
    August 6, 2017

    Dominicans, you can sit back and think it’s a normal thing to be receiving bad news and deaths almost every single day. Please don’t even begin to tell me that it happens in other countries for this I know already. The blood of our fellowmen are painting our streets red and this is nothing funny. Get on your knees and begin to pray. The devil is at work. …………….

    • Hmmmmm
      August 6, 2017

      bad news and deaths every day???? where u be there nuh?

    • Me
      August 6, 2017

      Please, give it a rest Shona, this is not the place or time for that, if ever.. Let’s reflect on the tragedy of the young lives lost.

    • Me
      August 6, 2017

      Yes Shona the devil of sleep, alcohol, fatigue, faulty vehicle, bad roads, speed and not forgetting you the stupidity devil. Get on your knees and pray

    • August 7, 2017

      Shona, they won’t believe you anyway. See how many thumbs down you got? They’re in denial!! This, of course, is a spiritual battle to DESTROY the YOUNG MEN of our country.

      • Shona
        August 7, 2017

        They will remain in denial…truths are stubborn things.

  55. Whiteboi
    August 6, 2017

    Rest in Peace lost Soul’s….Amen

  56. bigmac
    August 6, 2017

    oh Lord its touching

  57. August
    August 6, 2017

    Lord help these families. Sad news to wake up to this morning. Words are scarce… :(

  58. August 6, 2017

    Oh my god drivers and pedestrians be careful on the roads cars and pavement can’t feel. May there soul rest in peace.

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