Commissioner of Police (ag), David Ramnarine has admitted that the Guyana Police Force made an error on the night of October 28 during which a Mahdia bus traveling to Georgetown slammed into the back of a parked truck on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.
The accident left two persons dead and several others injured.
According to reports, logs were in the tray of the truck and had no reflectors.
Ramnarine said that there is an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) regarding trucks transporting logs in the area during the night. He further stated that ranks in the area were unable to carry out their usual patrol on the night of the accident because of other “pressing demands”.
“I must admit, there was an error made; an error made in terms of much-needed enforcement by us the Guyana Police Force. There is a SOP regarding the use of lorries transporting logs at certain times on the highway. There was a lapse, so unfortunate because that (SOP) is being enforced all the time. There were some other duties which took the police away from that general area and that is what happened” lamented Ramnarine.
He also went on to say that the driver of the minibus, popularly known as “Brother Peter” was also in the wrong, “It doesn’t take away from the fact that the error in the judgment of the driver of the minibus was a really huge one.”
In wake of the accident, concerns were raised by mini-bus drivers who traverse the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, among these concerns it was pointed out that the police do not usually prevent truckers from parking their vehicles that are loaded with logs, often without reflectors, at nights along the highway.
The accident occurred around 7:30 PM on Friday, October 28, 2016, at Moblissa Highway and resulted in the deaths of Bridgette Alleyne 57 years, of Goed Fortuin WBD, and an unidentified male.
Police in a statement said motor lorry GMM 6461 transporting logs, was proceeding in a western direction and Mini Bus BVV 3782 with three occupants inclusive of the driver who is the husband of Bridgette Alleyne, was proceeding in the said direction behind the lorry when it allegedly crashed into the rear of the lorry.
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