Daily Archives: April 17, 2010

Driver in Barbados mass casualty bus accident “hung over and smelled of drink” ?

35 bus passengers injured but police did not test drivers for drinking or drugs

In the last week Barbados Free Press received several emails and comments from different (anonymous or unconfirmed) readers claiming that one of the bus drivers of the April 6, 2010 Market Hill bus vs bus accident had been out drinking the night before and may have still been hung over at the time of the accident.

Two of the readers provided the same name of this “hung over” driver. One reader stated that they were sure that the police investigating the accident knew the driver still smelled of drink from the night before but it was decided that the driver wasn’t drunk enough to charge under the current law. That reader also provided the name of one of the police officers who is involved in the accident investigation and said that the police desperately wish they had breathalyzer equipment and appropriate laws for situations just like this.

Standpipe rumour or fact?

Barbados Free Press often receives “rumours” from anonymous readers, most of whom are just trying to relate what they have heard or seen. Sometimes, however, folks send us information where they might have a political or other agenda, or perhaps they are just trying to create mischief. It is often difficult for us or anyone to tell the difference especially if the mis-information is mixed in with a good dose of proven facts.

But unknown agendas by anonymous or known sources have always been part of the challenge of publishing news. (Just ask Reuters, the LA Times or the New York Times!) The good thing about the blogs is that once something is published the entire community becomes a resource and knowledge base.

So what’s the story folks? Can anyone confirm or deny these rumours?

And PLEASE – do NOT identify which driver you’ve heard was drinking because we shall remove all such comments.



Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Police

Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys looking at Bajan Ramone Harewood for draft pick

Last October we told you Barbados Athlete Ramone Harewood has shot at NFL – National Football League.

In a further development, the Chicago Tribune reports that Harewood is currently making “the tour” talking with various teams and that he is “gaining some momentum”. Harewood just visited the Dallas Cowboys and has been working out with former Dallas Cowboy George Hegamin in preparation for the NFL draft.

The young man from Barbados is 6-foot-6 and has slimmed down a bit to 335 pounds. Chicago Breaking Sports says the Bears are keeping their eyes on the lineman from Barbados.

Good luck Ramone! (But if you have a choice – live in Dallas any day over Chicago.)


Filed under Barbados, Sports