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2 tourists injured as safari vehicle hits speed bump on VG

An elderly couple was injured while aboard a Safari bus (left) that hit a speed bump reportedly at a fast rate on Lee Road, Virgin Gorda on Monday, December 9, 2019. Right: Police on the scene of the accident. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- An elderly couple was injured while aboard a safari vehicle that hit a speed bump reportedly at a fast rate on Lee Road, Virgin Gorda on Monday, December 9, 2019.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, passengers aboard the vehicle were “tossed about” when it “flew over a speed bump”.

The vehicle of tourists was reportedly heading to The Baths when the incident occurred.

The injured persons were identified as UK nationals Stewart Gillett, 69, and his wife Margaret Gillett, 66. Both allegedly sustained minor injuries to the upper region of their bodies.

According to an eyewitness, a second safari vehicle immediately behind the ill-fated one also hit the speed bump hard; however, one was injured.

The incident occurred in the area of Mr Nice Guy, along Lee Road.

Our newsroom was told the speed bump was recently installed.

15 Responses to “2 tourists injured as safari vehicle hits speed bump on VG”

  • GG (10/12/2019, 14:40) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Were he seeing $$$$$$$$ sign hurring to go back for more people hmmmm
  • Long and short... (10/12/2019, 15:01) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
  • see here now (10/12/2019, 15:09) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    These moomoo always putting down speedbumps without paint, signs or markings. Them need to sue whoever is responsible
    • wise up (10/12/2019, 18:42) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yea moomooo...u think the speed bump was put 5 minutes the tourist came to vg?ayo like to talk a bunch a f..... them taxi man just want rush to get another load.
    • lol (10/12/2019, 21:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If them sue.... is government goin to pay.... but is the peoples moneyngon foot that bill so...
  • No Man (10/12/2019, 15:32) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    All it is them dam taxis was speeding to hurry back to the dock to get more people
  • hip hop (10/12/2019, 18:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was it Blue Heat during the taxi?
  • NezRez (10/12/2019, 18:46) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    If these are new speed bumps, with no markings, the drivers could not know to slow down. Road speed bumps need to be painted ASAP. Coming from East to town in Tortola, right before Paraquita Bay at the college, the speed bump has no paint whatsoever, and drivers are constantly hitting it. You road workers better come out and make sure all speed bumps are painted before more people are seriously injured.
    • resident (10/12/2019, 19:01) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      no excuse for speeding this was a tour, the driver should have been driving slow in the first place
    • @NezRez (10/12/2019, 22:35) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      They don't have to paint S**t. If anything, a sign saying speed bump ahead. Even if they paint the bumps neon red the driving lunatics is going to still speed over the bumps.
      • @@ NezRez (11/12/2019, 16:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        That is not true. All speed bumps SHOULD be painted. I drive slow, hit one that was not painted and it still ga e me a hard jolt. True, taxis should be touring slow, but an unpainted speed bump is very dangerous.
  • Still Scared (10/12/2019, 19:50) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was on VG on Sunday, as a passenger on one of those safari buses coming from North Sound at night. The driver was going so fast I was afraid the bus would topple down those dangerous embankments
    • ire (10/12/2019, 20:23) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      And did you use your voice? If not you too are part of the problem
      • At Ire (11/12/2019, 07:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You ever try to talk to the driver of a safari while they are driving like a bat out of hell, and you are fearful for your own life? They can't hear you and ain't interested. Whatever happened to safari drivers being responsible ambassadors? For many, tourists are a commodity that needs to be delivered post facto. Your comment is a bit harsh IMHO. The real issue here is that it is clearly forgotten that driving is a privilege not a right. Every licensed driver in the BVIs has to take a written test. One of the subjects that is on the test are speed limits (unless otherwise posted is 25 mph in town, 40 mph elsewhere) which never seem to be enforced in the BVIs. Instead we focus on fining people for seat belt and cell phone use violations but those are not the only rules. Safari drivers have already been involved in fatalities in Tortola. To me, reports from people like the above are near misses, and suggest that greater vigilance is important if want to avoid further tragedies on the road.
  • Canon (10/12/2019, 19:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    IPhone vs Samsung the real Paparazzi

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