The Lethem-Linden Trail is a jewel in Guyana’s tourism crown – replete with beautiful sceneries of flora, fauna, mountains, and landscapes. But not today – a sad day for all Guyanese and especially those who were in the two vehicles which collided head-on near to Mabura Village along the trail.
This afternoon, 2nd of February, 2023, this publication received several photos and videos of the tragic accident which occurred along the trail at around 15:20 hours. Skid marks on the road suggests that the pickup might have lost control or ventured out of its lane and crashed into the route 94 minibus which runs the Lethem-Linden trail. However, the police are still investigating, and the exact cause of the accident is yet to be determined.
A Cuban National, whom the Guyana Police Force describes only as a “female,” has perished in the accident after the vehicles crashed. Her name and age were not stated in the Press Release from the Guyana Police Force today. According to the police, the victim was pinned to her seat which was located directly behind the driver’s seat and remained there as fire engulfed the bus. Although the exact cause of her death is not yet known, her body was burned in the fire which erupted after the crash. It is not clear to this publication at this time how badly the body of the deceased was burnt or if it was completely reduced to ashes.
The route 94 minibus, bearing license plate number BVV 5815, was being driven by 35-year-old male, Mr. Kirk Allicock, who was injured along with several other passengers. They were all rushed to the Linden Hospital where 4 persons (two male and two female) were treated and referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital due to the severity of their injuries. The driver of the minibus along with other passengers are receiving treatment at the Linden Hospital. The severity of their injuries are not known at this time.
Police said that the registration number, driver’s name and address, and owner of the pickup truck remains unknown up to press time. The minibus was at the time of the accident transporting 13 passengers – all of whom were either Cuban or Indian nationals.
A statement from the Guyana Police Force reads:
Enquiries disclosed that the minibus #BVV 5915 was proceeding to Mabura on the left side of the trail in the vicinity of 39 and 40 Miles Mabura, and while negotiating a left bend, the motor pick-up which was proceeding in the opposite direction on the right side of the said trail collided with the front portion of the minibus.
Team Guyana, South America extends heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy and urge all motorists to exercise caution on Guyana’s roadways.