UPDATE: Sixteen-month-old boy dies in Trafalgar accident

The bus involved in the accident
The bus involved in the accident

The police have confirmed a child, from a visiting cruise ship, has died as a result of a bus accident in Trafalgar at around 11:00 am Thursday.

The child was 16 months old, according to the police. Seven other passengers in the bus, five Italians and two Brazilians, were injured.

The passengers were visitors from cruise ship MSC Ochestra and a statement from the ship they were on a shore visit, which they had independently booked through a third party when the accident occurred.

The ship’s statement said at least four guests were back on the ship by Thursday afternoon.

“Regarding the young boy and his family, his parents are out of harm’s way but still at the hospital,” the statement said. “The entire MSC Cruises family offers its most heartfelt condolences to the parents of the little boy and to his family and their friends.”

Below is a statement released by MSC Orchestra:

“It is with deep sadness that MSC Cruises confirms that a tragic accident involving seven of its guests happened earlier today at approximately 11 AM, local time, in Trafalgar on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

The seven guests involved in the accident were five Italian and two Brazilian nationals. They were on their way to a on shore visit which they had independently booked through a third party.

Immediately after the accident, the guests were transported to the nearby Princess Margaret Hospital and a support team from the ship has since arrived to the hospital to assist them in every way they can.

Simultaneously, MSC Cruises’ crisis team was activated and has already contacted all the families and relatives of the guests involved in the accident.

The guests were all aboard MSC Orchestra which was calling at Roseau, Dominica, for the day.

Since then, we are glad to report that two Italian and two Brazilian nationals are safely either already back on board or on their way. Regarding the young boy and his family, his parents are out of harm’s way but still at the hospital. I am unfortunately not at liberty to disclose the condition of the young boy, since the relevant authorities have yet to make a formal assessment. Having said this, I have also been reading that he has passed and we are led to believe that this is sadly the case.”

 

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129 Comments

  1. zouklv
    December 20, 2016

    “lol” good correction!….Accidents happen all over the glob.Austria had an accident involving a truck which killed dozens and injured fifty …The child was not buckle up and was thrown around in the vehicle I am 100% certain…they need to enforce child safety seat laws to protect kids lives on the Island ! …kids in Dominica riding in vehicles are never buckle up…

  2. Marner Leonildo Pan
    February 7, 2016

    My deep condolences for the italian family of the child.

  3. Marner Leonildo Pan
    February 7, 2016

    I’m brazilian, one of the victims of the accident. I’m felling good now, but my wife breaks a bone, make an cirugy and will be at bed reposing for two months. I love caribbean islands and i expect that this accident will not change my mind. I would like to know about the others victims, and ask for the authorities and the peolple of tourism that this don’t happens again. Because here in Brazil i have public transport too ,and we have severity vistories, control and punish in this cases. Please, don’t let this happen again, it was so terrible. God Bless Us All!

    • Marner Leonildo Pan
      February 7, 2016

      And my deep condolences to the family of the italian child.

  4. Joseph
    January 29, 2016

    MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO THE INJURED…..

  5. Darky
    January 29, 2016

    People accidents happen everyday, you could be at your home and an accident can occur, yall really stupid blaming pple for an accident smh awa wii dominicans awa wii

  6. January 29, 2016

    My condolences go out to the family and friends of this precious child, and my sympathy is with those who have been injured as I join with many others in prayer for their recovery. May God give them, healing, comfort and strength.

    Let us also pray for the bus driver. Most of us have no idea how traumatic this is for him.

    All concerned have a right to expect an honest and objective investigation and settle for nothing less.

    Those better qualified than most of us will visit the accident scene, examine the bus, and talk to some of those involved. In the end they should issue an official report and say what (in their opinion) caused the accident. That is the best they can do.

    St. Paul said “Judge nothing before the time.” Please my friends show your maturity by simply refusing the play the blame game. There are too many possibilities without us surmising, and blaming any one in or outside the bus.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, Evangelist.

  7. Silver Grass
    January 29, 2016

    No drug no alcohol in driver’s system? Tourist board should implement some vehicle/driver safety inspection prior to loading the vehicles carrying tourists. Another thing is that, the drivers want to be driver and guide at the same time which is extremely dangerous. For example, a driver will attempt to inform his/her passengers while driving – “Here is a tree; here is another tree; This one is a breadfruit tree; Look over there is a sugar apple tree.” And all this time the driver is taking his / her eyes off the road, showing and giving his / her passengers “information.” That needs to stop.

  8. marco
    January 29, 2016

    Riposa in Pace Edoardo

  9. Face the Facts
    January 28, 2016

    This is a difficult one for the baby’s family to cope with. Imagine being on a cruise/vacation and this happens to their baby. God knows best.
    We do know the little one is in God’s care. Consoling them is another.
    My heartfelt sympathy to his parents and other members of his family.
    The other passengers on the Cruise ship will obviously be saddened.
    What happened to have caused this accident? An explanation is mandatory.
    It appears he was not authorized to drive them. I expect authorized government officials, as the Minister of Tourism and DDA, whoever else will appropriately investigate this. A court case may be looming and for an exorbitant sum of money.

  10. Rabbit
    January 28, 2016

    All of this is part of God’s divine plan. It’s the work of the Lord…nevertheless not my will but let your will be done. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.

    • out of south city
      January 28, 2016

      Are you serious? In other words, it was god’s will for the child to die? Please don’t let this christian teaching blind you and keep you in such a box.
      An accident occurred and it was very heart-breaking that the child had to die that way. People, you all need to be real and stop having your heads in the clouds.
      My condolences to the family because this is a very tough time for the family.
      PEACE

      • January 29, 2016

        Out of the City:

        I can understand you being upset by Rabbit’s comment.

        Please understand that what Rabbit said is not necessarily “Christian teaching” and I cannot say it applies to this heart breaking accident.

        Please allow me as a minister of the gospel to contribute this.

        God is a God of both infinite power and wisdom. It is my belief that He has a plan and a purpose for every human life. In keeping with that He can either prevent or allow anything good or bad (in our opinion) to happen. I am not qualified to say why He prevents some things and allows others.

        Accidents do happen. Some because of human blunder, some because of human wrong doing, and of course some because of mechanical or technical failure.

        I do not believe it was God’s direct will for this child to die nor was it “the work of the lord”. In
        God’s infinite wisdom He allowed it to happen and we cannot question that because God is God.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

      • the fly
        January 29, 2016

        Out of south city, about comment You hit the nail on the head i have try working out this so called Christian thing black people keep blaming christ for the unfortunate things that happens to us all in life, please stop the world i want to get out…..

      • Face the Facts
        January 30, 2016

        Those who lack godly enlightenment will never comprehend it. I, personally would not state an accident is the Divine Will of God. I would not state this to anyone who is so affected. However, it is explainable. You must possess an enlightened mind to comprehend what the person stated and meant.
        In certain circumstances it could be stated that it is the Divine Will of God and it will be accepted and understood by all. I realize, not in this case. For one, the person was not sick and suffering. Therefore, simply let it go with no ill feelings.

    • Truthis
      January 29, 2016

      Please donot allow yourself to fall u der the wrath of God and lose your own life permanently by blaming him for this. Look at James 1:13. God said NEVER BLAME HIM FOR ANYTHING BAD THAT HAPPENS. Watch how you adress the lord before u call displeasure upon yourself.

    • Concerned
      January 29, 2016

      J John 4:8 tells us that God is love. He loves us to much to plan for our suffering. It is very sad that this family had to face this tragedy but unforeseen occurrences can happen to anyone. Please let us not blame God and pray that the family reaches out and finds consolation in the God of love and peace.

    • Silver Grass
      January 29, 2016

      You are just a Rabbit. You cannot laugh; maybe you’ll cry like a Rabbit. And don’t God in your business.

    • the fly
      January 30, 2016

      Above comment Rabbit, what ever you do please don’t vote in Dominica any more you are stone mad. :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • Face the Facts
      January 30, 2016

      We cannot see the future or foretell it. We could say, if only we knew but this will not change whatever will occur or occurred.
      Imagine, as an example, some of us left our land of birth and migrated to another country. Even though we do not consider it, it was in the Divine Plan of God.
      Nothing happens without God knowing and without his Divine Will. Just as other accidents and disasters, He allowed them to happen. However, we know not why.
      Yes, we leave this up to Divine Providence who knows, sees and hears all things. One day all our questions, doubts, denials, the whys and wherefores will be revealed to us.
      As sad as this is, as in other matters, we must live with faith, hope and trust in God.

  11. Concerned
    January 28, 2016

    Bus drivers are the leading cause of accidents on the roads.

    • Face the Facts
      January 30, 2016

      All accidents must be investigated to ascertain if they are really the cause of drivers. Law enforcement must look into these issues, address them and caution the drivers over and over again.
      Some drivers appear to forget that accidents could occur instantaneously , that they must always drive carefully and obey road regulations. They cannot afford to take their eyes off the road and by no means when they are driving in traffic, and on a road which is narrow and has a precipice below.
      I do agree that many accidents could be avoided.

  12. Dan
    January 28, 2016

    Dominica needs to address the problems with some, not all, taxi drivers who just never seem able to go fast enough and take way too many risks. Many are just fine, but more than a few tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, cut drivers off. They apparently forget that their driving style costs them money. Slamming the accelerator, then having to slam on the breaks, going over humps too fast, all create wear and tear and increase repair costs. And then add the cost of accidents and their driving style costs them more than the extra they think they make. This accident may not have been the driver’s fault, I’m not blaming anyone. But it is a reminder to drive more safely to everyone. Slow down. Kind Regards and sympathies to the family and loved ones of this little boy.

  13. Interesting
    January 28, 2016

    I wonder if the child had a car seat? We just came from a cruise and walked with the two car seats for the kids because good or bad road things do happen. Also we made sure that the buses we went on for tours all had seat belts for everyone on board.

  14. Silver Grass
    January 28, 2016

    Why take the people to Trafalgar anyway? What’s there in Trafalgar that’s worth seeing? The roads there are hilly and treacherous. Big stones and water falling on them. Come-on peoples!!!!! Also, some of the drivers are not so experience on flat roads; let alone hilly and narrow roads. Trafalgar should not be a tourist attraction site.

    • Darky
      January 29, 2016

      LISTEN SILVER GRASS ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN EVERYDAY

  15. kaiso
    January 28, 2016

    @Point…… If there were guard rails do you believe the bus would have gone down? Hmmmm

    • Face the Facts
      January 31, 2016

      It could have hit the guard rails. Even that could be disastrous. However, guard rails could deter the vehicle from descending to the precipice.
      I reside in Toronto. There is a lottery, if the jackpot is won, it is $60 million. Especially after this accident, I thought, if only I would win it, one of the gifts I would give, a few millions to Dominica, for constructing guard rails in those areas where there are precipices. Those areas are dangerous. One miss and you know the result.
      When I visited I went to the Trafalgar Falls and also to the Catholic Retreat Center. What I recall, those roads are narrow and dangerous. The latter one we prayed going and returning.
      The roads going up and downhill as also to Grand Bay are dangerous. Remember the terrible accident some years ago in that area? The government needs a lot of money to construct guard rails but they are badly needed. Let us pray that one day guard rails will be constructed.

  16. Red Ants Bite
    January 28, 2016

    @ Floridian diaspora, I realized you got sank with thumbs down. Anyways don’t get discouraged because we need to put all politics aside and deal with real issues and to me you raised serious issues.

    When I saw the accident the first thing that came to mind was, what if it had happened around Woodfordhill, Marigot area, knowing the status of the hospital. Then I thought of what if it was a plane accident? Then as someone who resides in the US and know the standard of their hospitals, immediately thought of the PMH which is far below the standard of a US clinic.

    Yes you got trashed and I expect to be trashed as well, but the fact of the matter is, if we want to encourage visitors to our shores, we need to put proper health facilities in place because we just never know when we will something like what we saw today or worse.

    We would be naïve to think it will not hurt our industry because family members will sue the ship and that will no dobt hurt us. Curse me as much you all…

    • Floridian diaspora
      January 29, 2016

      Discouraged? Hmmm!!! I was laughing my guts out when I saw all those thumbs down. These same clowns usually give me the thumbs up when I blast their P.M. on government related articles. I don’t mind the thrashing. I was expecting it. I knew exactly what I was getting into when I made that statement on such an article. Over the past few days I’ve deliberately posted my annoying stuff all over DNO just get people vex because of the garbage that some of them be posting. The funny thing is a lot of them that did the thrashing are the same ones who has been complaining about the poor state of PMH. Not even their P.M. and his ministers that want to use it as they have demonstrated to us in past times they love to run overseas to receive medical attention as soon they sneeze. Let them stay there and wait for the new phantom hospital that Skeritt has promised them. But we all know it will never reach. So long it coming, up till now it not yet arrive. Moun Dominique two` sort

      • the fly
        January 30, 2016

        Above Comment florida Diaspora, When we give you some flagging don’t worry about it man we all get the same treatment any way God bless and take care.

    • the fly
      January 30, 2016

      Red Ants who are you kidding the USA have some bad hospitals as well if you don’t have insurance this is the place for you, so keep your crap to your self all of you have big mouth and full of s..t .

    • Face the Facts
      January 30, 2016

      In this case I do not think management of the ship is to be blamed. The person who will be sued is the driver. When the facts of how this accident occurred are known, the government may be sued. This could also include law enforcement or those who are responsible for designating these drivers to drive tourists from the ships.
      Yes! Politics should be left out of it. It is an accident and the issue should be addressed; not the government. Too many consistently place politics in it. There are times some people allow their mind to work overtime. They actually waste their time to make such statements and that of others who read them. Some do not read them/do not respond to them for they are repetitious, prove nothing and solve nothing. There are avenues to address such political issues.

  17. Disgusted
    January 28, 2016

    lord comfort the family and all all those concerned. I didn’t read anything about the driver’s condition.
    My sympathies to the family and loved ones of the little boy.

  18. Unknown
    January 28, 2016

    Sad; my heart goes out to the family and friends of those involved including the bus driver

  19. January 28, 2016

    sorry this happen , don’t know the cause of the accident but in all this safety is paramount. on the road, some bus drivers drive the locals without due care and attention also some people who hires rental vehicles behave like nuisances on the roads. sorry for the loss of life.

  20. Gods precious
    January 28, 2016

    You all we are in a lip year so its accident n deaths remember that. We jus need to pray.

    • Tjebe Fort
      January 28, 2016

      What foolish thinking. And it is a leap year , not lip year. Get yourself an education.

    • Face the Facts
      January 28, 2016

      “Leap Year”!

    • Silver Grass
      January 29, 2016

      Lip/leap/leep year means everything spinning out of control – Starting with de Gov-we-ment.

  21. January 28, 2016

    keep on praising god through the good times and even in this time I know and I am sure that he will see u guys through. I’m praying for you guys

  22. Rescue 911
    January 28, 2016

    We’re soon gonna hear that on US television and radio station.accident do happen we just have to ask God for the strength to go through it…comfort to those involved

  23. Truth
    January 28, 2016

    My heart goes out to the family; may you find comfort in the Lord.

  24. sakwe gas
    January 28, 2016

    To “Darky” et al — It seems that whenever something tragic happens, progressive-thinking people are asked to remain mum and refrain from making suggestion or calling our deficiencies. Recommending that the government improves road safety, have more sophisticated surveillance and crime prevention tactics does not mean they are being BLAMED past occurenes.

    Whether it is Grenada, Dominica, or NYC, if for any reason tourists are led to think they are unsafe, they will simply choose other destinations. Now, if you are already a prime player in the tourism field, you may be able to get away with a lot of these unsavoury occurrences for a while. But when you are already at the bottom of an industry, with many strikes against you, you MUST take every negative situation seriously!

    Furthermore, we know our healthcare is lacking in many ways, so we must try our best to avoid certain hazards. It is called being responsible and realistic; not blaming and shaming!

    • sandy
      January 28, 2016

      I wonder if you know accidents do happen wether its on prefect road perfect wether or the best drivers. I wonder why you can’t just convey your condolences and keep your stupid opinions to yourself. Some of all you too like to criticize. If you can’t keep situations separate, you should just shut up. stupesssss.

      • Selfish much?
        January 28, 2016

        Well, I mean we all have a right to voice our opinions here…. it’s kind of the point

      • Sakwe Gas
        January 29, 2016

        And your point is because accidents happen, don’t look at how future ones can be prevented? Sending condolences will do what? You think the mother and child’s relatives are turning to DNO comments for sympathy? The damage has already been done, unfortunately. All we can try to do is ensure we lessen the likelihood of such events recurring in the future.

        Criticism, if taken, can lead to improvements. I suppose you prefer the status quo so that you’ll have many condolences to convey on a daily basis? Then we must wonder why our sectors aren’t improving?!

  25. The Fray
    January 28, 2016

    I fear this may be an unfortunate hit to our Tourism industry….Prayers are with the injured and the parents of the poor young one. RIP

  26. kaiso
    January 28, 2016

    Dominica is a tourist attraction country. All roads leading to those sites should be secured with proper guard rails. All sites should be secured with more than one police officer. The roads in Dominica needs to open up . that small lane for two vehicles to pass is unbearable. The guys in power need to put monies to use in developing the country. Nothing is been done here. The tourist must realise what going on and just stop visiting. Dominica on remote control. It’s not a lie.

    • January 28, 2016

      You seem to be speaking from a position of ignorance. The vehicle from the pictures shown did not run off the road into a precipice so lack of guard rails played no part. You know absolutely nothing about what caused the accident it could be a driver employing bad practice or it could be mechanical.

    • Realist One
      January 28, 2016

      You obviously have not traveled much. Take this from one who has. There are places in this world with roads as narrow or even more narrow than those in Dominica and have no guard rails. This is an unfortunate accident which can happen anywhere.
      May God keep you all safe.

  27. happychick.
    January 28, 2016

    Lord let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…..Accidents happen all the time today’s Redeeme ,tomorrow’s someone else. Speedy recovery to the injured. Hope that dosen’t affect the tourism industry.

  28. Caretaker
    January 28, 2016

    Poor DA! WHEN VISITORS COME TO OUR SHORES, they are heavily Insured up to the hair on theirs heads.Accidents do happen but, some can be avoided. Poor Dominica. There are people driving on the road without a license. Parent teaching children to drive without an “L” we just have to buck up and fasten our belts.

  29. mampo
    January 28, 2016

    Stop the foolish drama, its an accident it happens everyday. Just a foolish carrying on as though people were born to live forever. Hypocrites

  30. love
    January 28, 2016

    Caribbean island

  31. love
    January 28, 2016

    recently a similar accident occurred in another Caribbean where a bus with tourist plunged into a valley

  32. slow down
    January 28, 2016

    bus Drivers are too greedy driving as fast as possible to make the dollar,next time a driver run his bus too fast ill say to him put me down.

  33. Plaisir
    January 28, 2016

    :( :( :( :( So so sad occurrence. Father, The Greatest healer,please intervene. La tristesse Mon Dieu! Aidez-nous le Bon Dieu! Mon pays la Dominique!

  34. January 28, 2016

    Our drivers as well as taxi tour operators , must ensure that they service their vehicles in time . Life is precious . May the Lord comfort the parents of the deceased and bring healing upon all who were injured at this accident . I know it’s a moment of trauma , even we as Dominicans are experiencing a moment of sadness . I pray for the driver also in this moment of pain and shock .

  35. Lead singer
    January 28, 2016

    Very sad news. God’s strength for the relatives of the diseased, while we pray for speedy recovery for those who got injured.
    I know it’s an accident and such things happen all over the world. However, as a Dominican, I am not use to hearing so many bad things about Dominica one after the other, and we need to ask ourselves some questions. We seem to be attacked on every side, especially since Skerrit blatantly became part of that public baptism , and no one said a thing. By no one I mean evangelist, pastors , the chucch etc.

  36. Lisad
    January 28, 2016

    oh lord have mercy on all involved

  37. Cool Callaloo
    January 28, 2016

    SURPRISE SURPRISE A BUS INVOLVED!
    IT IS TIME TO DO SOMETHING. Someone asked if we going to blame the government. Well yes because long time ago something should be done about the quality of buses and drivers. Long time ago. I am pissed off after hearing this. I hope they SUE. All these bus drivers need to undergo courses, have license revoked if speeding(maybe 90% would be revoked), be tested for drugs and alcohol, revoke license for dangerous driving – around bends, on the brow of a hill, and the areas where they drive as if its they alone while they other person passing on the road have to jump out of their way if a car can do that. I had a well known taxi driver take me and a bus load of ppl to the airport once, and all he was doing is turning around and talking to us, with his eyes off the road. All that nonsense must stop. Have a feedback system. Have a place where people can report issues. Take surveys.. STUPES.

  38. January 28, 2016

    I am not surprised at all ,racing to make another trip without having any consideration to people lives..the gov’t has a part to play in this,almost no traffic signs all over the island ,you get the fastest drivers in grand-bay ,packing people like oranges in a box,they carry more than the normal capacity stated in the buses..tyres are fine like they were sand papered before ,to make more money,grown men are sitting as helpers on the buses while they have no respect for the passengers ,bus drivers are encouraging this vice,some taxi drivers are not dressed descent enough ,there is a lot to do in tourism in dominica,as for the family of the injured try your best to send for your family to get medical help because dominica is by far equipped sufficiently to treat your family,do that as fast as you can.i hope that vehicle was insured because both the dead and those that survived should get compensation…

  39. Delvin Castro
    January 28, 2016

    As usual no help from skerrit not one sign he put up but he good an opening mydominicatradehouse.com or passportforpennies.com!

    • JoJo
      January 29, 2016

      I actually came on here just to look for Skerrit name cuz everything that happen in that place all u calling the man name

  40. Darky
    January 28, 2016

    are you guys serious ? just this week in my small country of Grenada a visitor got rape and killed on the beach, her husband end up escaping and she got the worst of it, now let me see if yall gonna blame the GOVERNMENT for that smh yall sickening, accidents happens everyday

    • Alas
      January 28, 2016

      of course they are gonna find some way of making the government responsible…

    • Tjebe Fort
      January 28, 2016

      You are sick my man. This is an accident for God’s sake. What has that got to do with politics? I pray for the survivors and the family of the dead.

    • derp
      January 28, 2016

      they caught the guy and he is facing life in prison if convicted

    • LPte
      January 28, 2016

      Yes accidents happen everyday but you need a health system to address accidents – sure some wont survive but the ones who are survivable and die because of a flawed health system – MANY PEOPLE DIE IN DOMINICA FROM MINIMAL TRAUMA BECAUSE OF THE TERRIBLE HEALTH SYSTEM – You cant build hotels and push tourism and not fix your health system

    • world peace
      January 28, 2016

      Darky yes accidents happen everyday i agree but there are many factors that can contribute to any accident, fast driving, mechanical failure and yes poor roads which the government of any country is responsible for.

      • the fly
        January 28, 2016

        World peace, Any traffic police in the UK will tell you most accident dew to drivers fault not bad road.

      • January 28, 2016

        World peace stop talking rubbish. You can clearly see the road is in good condition. There\’s not a single porthole in the photo.

      • Tjebe Fort
        January 28, 2016

        …or falling asleep at the wheel after a heavy night’s partying?

  41. Let my comment move souplay
    January 28, 2016

    Very very sad…..ahhh….may the good lord comfort and heal their pain

  42. heartbroken
    January 28, 2016

    I am so saddened by this. My prayers go out to all the victims of this accident.

    Accidents do happen but my my we need to do something to make our island paradise much safer. And I’m referring to the entire Caribbean; not just Dominica. Last week Grenada, today Dominica. If Tourism is our bread and butter we have to invest to make it not just profitable but safe. And safe refers to not only regional but international safety standards.

  43. MUDD
    January 28, 2016

    There is a need to put realings on the roadside especially this area. Some sections of the road had but since the road construction they were removed. Please put them back.

    • anonymous2
      January 28, 2016

      These bus drivers drive too fast. there is no traffic control or tickets issued for bad drivers.

    • Oriviere
      January 29, 2016

      Omg u going to make them sue skerrit.

  44. TrueToDA
    January 28, 2016

    The peace and comfort of the Lord be upon everyone involved – The driver, the tourists, and the Island as a whole. May God have mercy on the affairs of Dominica.

  45. Zandoli
    January 28, 2016

    This does not surprise me in the least.

    I was in DA last year and those bus drivers were constantly driving up my a.., trying to pass where there was not room to maneuver.

    They are constantly in a hurry to go where, only they know.

    People should start demanding these drivers driver more carefully.

    • Alas
      January 28, 2016

      True, they are like that, but when they are carrying tourists, they drive like they are new to the road, So highly doubt aggressive driving or speeding was responsible for that…and not in that area either

    • Concerned Citizen
      January 28, 2016

      Interesting that you said that only yesterday i saw a coaster driving near this area where the accident happened extremely fast. I was alarmed, lost for words because i could not believe a driver could be driving a huge vehicle filled with passengers (Visitors to the Island) around this corner so fast. I really wished that i had seen his face because i would have surely report him. What amazed me even more these people were visitors staying on the island absolutely no ship in port where could the driver have to get to in such a hurry. As someone who is an Officer in the Tourist Industry there are many Taxi drivers whose main interest is to hassle visitors to take them on a quick tour and return quickly to do the very same thing all over again with no one to restrict these desperate men who wants to make a quick dollar.

    • anonymous
      January 28, 2016

      This driver doesn’t drive fast, and if you’re someone who knows where it happened I don’t think you would have said what u just say.

    • zed
      January 28, 2016

      Many bus drivers in this country drive like maniacs the majority of the time; their vehicles stuffed to bursting with schoolkids, tourists, you and me. Such people are sickeningly irresponsible yet never held to account. How could this bus have ended off road, upside down ? I hope there is a full investigation into this. Those poor people. My heart is with them.

  46. El chapo
    January 28, 2016

    Nasty looking accident too… That’s messed up :(

  47. Too Hard Too Long
    January 28, 2016

    I am heartbroken at this news. Heartbroken for the visitors – I cannot imagine the level of grief they are feeling right now. and I am heartbroken for us – because lately it seems we cannot catch a break.

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. I sincerely hope the injured ones recover fully from their injuries in body and mind.

  48. syncronize
    January 28, 2016

    Extra sorry. My heart goes out to those injured including the Dominican driver. Lord help all of them. Just too sad. Whatever the Devil that’s around, Lord we rebuke it. I recall the truck load of tourist a few years ago which over turned on Carnival Monday in the Castle Comfort area. We are in the carnival season again. This commentator said stupes to the Floridian Diaspora, the suggestion may not be practical at this time, but it may sure make some sense in due course. I just hope this incident does not hurt our already fragile tourism industry

  49. January 28, 2016

    This is extremely sad news! On behalf of ALL Dominicans, I express the deepest condolences to the family and friends of the visitor who lost his/her life in this most unfortunate accident. To those at the Hospital, our prayers are with you, we hope that each of you make a full and speedy recovery from your injuries.

    • laudm
      January 28, 2016

      Thank you LaborOfLove you are the only on with some since, thank you for sending condolenses on my behalf. May God richly bless you.

    • Jenn
      January 28, 2016

      Soo considerate

    • mampo
      January 28, 2016

      speak for yourself

  50. african queen
    January 28, 2016

    One of the passengers on board the bus was a two year who died.Saw the mother who was crying so much..feeling really sad.. :cry: :cry:

  51. massimo
    January 28, 2016

    have you some info about names ?

    ADMIN: We are still awaiting official report from the police.

  52. NA
    January 28, 2016

    Stupes to Floridian Diaspora!

  53. Help us God
    January 28, 2016

    Just saw the photo and now I am crushed! By looking at the photo, I am afraid for the worse especially the five that were taken to the hospital

    • anonymous2
      January 28, 2016

      They need to go bad to the ship’s infirmary. Then the captain can call for helicopters to bus them to emergency hospitals if necessary.

    • Labuuurrr Kerrr Twuuhhhvuuyyy
      January 28, 2016

      Cause you know is scotch tape and paracetamol they will get… IFFF IT HAVE

      #SousaySelDomnichen

  54. leston laurent
    January 28, 2016

    Smh….why did this have to happen.?.??????

    • Zandoli
      January 28, 2016

      Why did it happen? Haven’t you been reading comments about how stupidly some of these bus drivers operate their vehicles on the road?

      More likely than not, you will get away with driving recklessly. But there will come the day when your number is going to be called. it is just a matter of time.

      • anonymous
        January 28, 2016

        The driver drives goodwill area, think the bus have REEDEEM mark on it. If u know him he doesn’t dry fast.

  55. ds
    January 28, 2016

    sad

  56. Help us God
    January 28, 2016

    Oh Lord please help us! This is sad; it’s heartbreaking. I hope it’s not so. After what we went through from Erika and black segatoka that destroyed our agriculture, all eyes were on tourism. If that news is correct, it will greatly heart the market. So I hope, for the sake of Dominica, that this report was not correct, though I know if DNO put it out, they have the facts

    • sel
      January 28, 2016

      there is a saying, “you don’t die where you born.” This happens all over the world. Dominican have died while visiting other countries.

    • Jenn
      January 28, 2016

      Accidents happen all over

    • Muslim_Always
      January 28, 2016

      From Allah we come and to Him we will return. Death comes to us even if one is locked away in a palace.

      • Tjebe Fort
        January 28, 2016

        Is from my mother I came and her name was Anne, not Allah. You can believe what you want to believe but I know reality.

    • Help us God
      January 28, 2016

      I went back to my comment and saw 10 thumbs up and 14 down. I am left to wonder what I said that caused this kind of response. I was just concerned about the incident especially to hear they were tourists. It is a fact that agriculture sector is hurting now and tourism is one of our main source of foreign dollar. Accidents like this can hurt us and that’s all I was saying. I agree accidents are all over but with the challenges we have, we almost need to be perfect. That’s all I was saying and I was not being political in anything I said

  57. Too Hard Too Long
    January 28, 2016

    Are you serious DNO?

  58. Floridian diaspora
    January 28, 2016

    The five people who has been take to the Princess Margaret Hospital should try to be flown back to their homeland A.S.A.P. to receive treatment for their wounds. PMH will only worsen their situation, not better it.

    • Unknown
      January 28, 2016

      Your duty right now is to pray for persons involved and pray for the hands that will help them until the next step. Its time that you all who are out of the country stop criticising the system. Shame on you!!!

      • January 28, 2016

        Many of us all who are out of the country according to you, sincevmany of us received free plane tickets in 2014 and will be coming back again in 2019, to vote, so we have every right to express our opinions just like you, Dominica so call hospital is nothing but a health centre, even so not all heath centres since many of them are well equipped, as long as we are getting free passage and money to come and vote, we have every right to criticize whenever we choose to

      • Fellow Dominican living abroad in Fl
        January 28, 2016

        Amen Amennnnn ‘Unknown’. Of course I cannot seeee those diaspora that have more to say about the country when is dem that doesn’t come back to develop it! I’m also currently studying abroad and trust me first chance I get after graduation I will be returning to my country. I pledge allegiance to my country!!!

    • trying my best for our country
      January 28, 2016

      Go F.Y.S A.H…keep your s… to your self…this is not Facebook, you is just an embarrassment to de gift of life…

      • mampo
        January 28, 2016

        you is just an embarrassment, where did you attend school?

    • Me
      January 28, 2016

      So why are you sitting here chatting, take you plane and come get them, stop directing from your seat!! Shocks man

    • the fly
      January 28, 2016

      FLORIDIAN Diaspora, Above comment you are a sad cold reptile of a person that is all you could think of at the moment very sad of you.

    • sel
      January 28, 2016

      The essence of ignorance.

    • Nature Island Girl
      January 28, 2016

      FD, where in this article it made mention where the 5 passengers are from?

    • dominican to the bon
      January 28, 2016

      @Floridian diaspora – stay overseas and run your mouth and doh come and help build your country. your comments are irrelevant. Why dont you go and get some donations of medical supplies for the hospital or make an event among dominicans in Florida to raise funds at least for the children wing of the hospital? HUSH YOUR MOUTH!

    • January 28, 2016

      You have said it all…

    • For_A_Time
      January 28, 2016

      I agree!

    • 100% Nature Isle girl
      January 28, 2016

      excuse me. what ur meanin of this statement, so many persons have died in USof A hospitals due to accident where drs did all they cud and still cud not save them, wat good for u is to get down on ur knees pray that they all will recover in good health and thank God that it was no more lives were lost

    • BonnyMom
      January 29, 2016

      oh my word. Please my condolences to the parent of the young child who pass and a speedy recovery to those who got injured. I pray that lessons can be learnt from this accident as there are always room for improvement. We can all give a constructive critism on the matter on hand without bringing down the country. I love Dominica and we can make Dominica great again if we work towards that goal. People pray form the victims of the accident that they recover without long lasting negative effect. DOMINICA IS STILL PARADISE COME VISIT FOR A WHILE ONE LOVE

  59. Jahchild
    January 28, 2016

    omg – so sorry to here this.

    • Muslim_Always
      January 28, 2016

      The word is ‘hear’ not ‘here.

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