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Aug 15, 2014

Multiple Injuries as Bus and Pickup Collide

There was a serious accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway this morning. It happened between miles six and seven, where a loaded Ramos Shuttle Bus heading from Lord’s Bank to the city crashed almost head on into a red pickup truck, driven at the time by thirty-one year old Hugo Campos. The impact was massive, and the pickup truck was totalled. Campos survived, and was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, along with injured passengers from the bus. Mike Rudon was on the scene shortly after it happened and has the story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

Traffic on the Phillip Goldson Highway was brought to a standstill this morning because of a collision between a Ramos Shuttle Bus and a small red pickup. The bus ended up off the side of the road in the bushes, while the badly damaged truck blocked the highway. Bert Ramos, owner of the Bus Line, got a call from his driver at two minutes past eleven, immediately after the accident.

 

Bert Ramos, Owner of Ramos Bus Service

Bert Ramos

“Before I reach to the driver the customers approach me and seh Mr. Ramos, da noh your driver inna fault. Da vehicle dance cross an cross di street so di driver try divert on the other side to not let him run into him head on, and soh he try divert the bally swing back again soh e midi dance, dance, dance. As he haul the curve he see the vehicle pon fu he hand soh he try haul pon da side fu prevent gawn into it.”

 

As you can see from the state of the pickup truck, the impact was significant. Reports are that at least seven passengers on the bus were injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. Ryan Bainton was on the bus. He was a standee, but miraculously was unhurt.

 

Ryan Bainton

Ryan Bainton, Passenger on the Bus

“I was all the way at the back of the bus and I heard a sudden bang, and the bus swerved to the left hand side of the road, the side opposite the river and some people sitting at the back…first of all I was sitting, but I gave a young lady my seat and unfortunately she got hurt. Some of them like they lashed against the back seat of the bus because they were sitting down. Me, I was able to hold on and some people at the front got hurt. A young lady, like from her knee down got dig out and was bleeding.”

 

Bert Ramos

“Some of the passengers get injured. They rushed them to the hospital. And also I see the driver fu the truck also injured but he midi walk up and down. Right now we really sorry bout who get hurt and thing and shortly I’m going to the hospital to check on my customers weh get hurt.”

 

The driver of the pickup truck, thirty-one year old Hugo Campos, received injuries to his head, and is lucky to be alive. He was helped from his crushed vehicle by Bainton.

 

Ryan Bainton

“I looked through the window when the bus swerved to the side, and somebody shouted help him, help him. So I went outside, jumped through the back door and I went to see if the man was all right. And he was okay. Just his face was a little burst, blood was rushing down, but he was okay, he managed to get out the driver’s seat of the car.”

 

The Police have taken measurements and are currently recording statements from passengers to determine who was responsible. The road was cleared before midday. Mike Rudon reporting for News Five.

 

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2 Responses for “Multiple Injuries as Bus and Pickup Collide”

  1. lisa says:

    Ryan the hero thank the Lord he was there, wonderful person wish there were more like him.

  2. punkgial says:

    Need to implement better safety highway rules,to many fatal accidents happen on our highways because the highways are very unsafe to drive on.

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