SVG Gov’t assisting with funeral expenses for Sandy Bay tragedy victims

By Admin. Updated 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves interacts with members of the South Leeward community of Clare Valley. Photo: API.


The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – SVG is assisting families of the September 11 Old Sandy Bay tragedy with the funeral arrangements and expenses for their lost loved ones.

According to the Agency for Public Information – API, the government is also providing psychosocial and medical support to the affected families and the injured.

The Prime Minister has also pledged long term support for the children of those who perished in the accident, the API reported yesterday (September 13).

Prime Minister Gonsalves traveled to the South Leeward community of Clare Valley, where he visited all five families of the deceased and some surviving victims of Sunday’s tragic accident, which took place in Sandy Bay.

The September 11 tragedy

According to a report from the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force – RSVGPF:

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident that occurred along the Old Sandy Bay Public Road at about 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2022, that claimed the lives of five persons while several persons received injuries with varying degree of seriousness.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Motor Vehicle H-8190, a green Toyota van, owned and driven by Napata Louis of Clare was traveling from Clare Valley to Owia when it went over an embankment along the Old Sandy Bay Public Road. Clare valley residents Giovanni Barker, Ishmael Bruce, Elvis Harold, Colin Robin, and Kenroy Haywood all succumbed to their injuries. Several other passengers sustained injuries including the driver of the omnibus and were all taken to the Georgetown Hospital for medical attention. Motor Vehicle H-8190 was extensively damaged.

At this time, investigations in the incident are ongoing.

All photos used in this story are credited to the API.

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