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20 students hurt

Friday, April 20 2007

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INJURED STUDENTS: Xaria Mohammed leave the Princes Town Hospital with a parent....
INJURED STUDENTS: Xaria Mohammed leave the Princes Town Hospital with a parent....

A MAXI taxi transporting 20 pupils of Elswick Presbyterian School, Tableland, overturned yesterday injuring several of them.

The maxi driver, Ronald “Smiley” Manohar, 60, along with pupil Allister Goodan, nine, suffered chest injuries and a broken leg respectively. Antonia Ramrattan, 11, suffered a dislocated collar bone. They have been warded at hospital. Eighteen others were also injured.

Other pupils injured were: Brandon Layne, six, Nekeisha Mohammed, 11, Stephen Sharma, six, brothers Joshua Maharaj, ten, and Brandon Maharaj, eight; cousins Parvatee Valentine, ten, Cynthia Valentine, seven; Dillon Rai, six, Christine Heeraman, six, Videsh Jaisarie, eight, and his uncle Deodath Jaisarie, seven; Chelsea Goden, eight, Stephen Ramoutar, seven, Trent Rawlins, 6, Rondel Maharaj, seven, Xaria Mohammed, seven; Amelia Layne, 11 and Candice Ramrattan, ten.

They were up to late yesterday undergoing treatment at Princes Town District Hospital for cuts and bruises. Paarvatee Valentine and Layne both suffered dislocated shoulders and are warded at San Fernando General Hospital.

Due to the dilapidated condition of the Elswick Presbyterian School, pupils have been forced for the past two years, to travel to Poole Presbyterian School. The school is located three miles away.

Maharaj was one of several drivers of maxi taxis contracted by the Ministry to transport the pupils every morning. A police report stated that at about 7.15 am yesterday, Maharaj was driving his maxi along the Naparima Mayaro Road, Robert Village, Tableland.

There were 21 pupils in the maxi.

The police report stated that a vehicle in the opposite direction, gave Maharaj “a bad drive”. The report stated that Maharaj pulled away to avoid hitting the car but, the report stated, the maxi ended up in a ditch.

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