Three persons remain in stable condition at the Annotto Bay Hospital, in St. Mary, following yesterday’s (December 30) traffic accident at Brandon Hill, in St Andrew.
The accident occurred when a Toyota coaster bus en route to Kingston fell over a precipice, causing injury to most of the 22 passengers on board.
The 22 passengers, including two children, were taken to the Annotto Bay Hospital for treatment, from where all, except the three critical persons, have been discharged.
Speaking to JIS News, Constable Paul Williams of the Traffic Department of the Constant Spring Police Station, said the accident occured at approximately 11:45 a.m., adding that the injuries suffered by the passengers included concussion and broken limbs.
Chief Executive Officer at the Annotto Bay Hospital, Mrs. Carlene Mighty told JIS News that the hospital staff was grateful to the Port Maria and the Port Antonio Hospitals for the support they provided in dealing with the emergency situation caused by the accident.
She also expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Health for making available two additional ambulances to transport the injured passengers to the hospitals. She also thanked members of the public for volunteering their service in various ways to assist the victims during the immediate period following the accident.
Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ken Baugh, visited the hospital yesterday evening and spoke to several of the victims.
He also congratulated Junior Resident, Dr. Fitzroy Hamilton, of the Annotto Bay Hospital, on the professionalism of the medical team who expertly treated the injured passengers.
Dr. Baugh, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is acting for Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who is in Brazil to attend the inauguration of President-elect Dilma Rousseff.