Man Extricated At Southampton Collision

November 10, 2016

[Updating] Emergency services responded to a collision this evening [Nov 10] on Middle Road in Southampton involving a van type vehicle and bus which resulted in at least one person being trapped in the van.

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service personnel are on scene working to free the trapped man while police are diverting traffic away from the area. Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

Update 6.59pm: A police spokesperson said, “Around 5:35pm Thursday police and first responders were dispatched to a reported serious collision on Middle Road in Southampton involving a bus and a van.

“Details are limited. ‎However it appears that the male driver of the van is trapped in the vehicle.

“Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible until further notice.

“An update will be provided when more information is available.”

Update 7.03pm: The man has been extricated and has been transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital by ambulance. A second ambulance attended the scene and transported what appeared to be three children away from the accident scene.

Update 7.08pm: A police spokesperson said, “‎The van driver has since been extricated from the vehicle and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.”

Update 8.15pm: The BFRS said, “At approximately 5:36pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service responded to a report of a road traffic collision on Middle Road in Southampton near Scenic Heights Pass, involving a van and a bus with a man reported trapped inside the van.”

Fire Service spokesperson Staff Officer Delton White stated that “the Fire Service responded to a road traffic collision where a van was reported to have collided with a bus, causing the driver of the van to be trapped inside.

“The Fire Service responded to the incident with two vehicles and nine personnel and had to use specialized Holmatro extraction equipment to free the driver from the vehicle.

“It was a difficult extraction as the way the driver was trapped made it almost impossible to get our Holmatro equipment into the areas where we needed it. The Fire Service personnel on scene did an excellent job of keeping the driver calm whilst performing the extraction.

“Once the injured person was freed from the vehicle he was transported to KEMH via ambulance.”

Update 8.23pm: The accident scene has been cleared and the road is now open to regular traffic flow.

Update 9.06pm: A police spokesperson said, “The section of Middle Road, Southampton near the junction with Scenic Heights Pass has recently been re-opened to normal traffic flow.

“Inquiries continue and an update on the van driver’s condition will be provided in due course.”

Van Bus Collision, November 10 2016 (1)

Van Bus Collision, November 10 2016 BFRS (3)

Van Bus Collision, November 10 2016 BFRS (1)

Van Bus Collision, November 10 2016 BFRS (2)

Update Nov 11, 12.07pm: A police spokesperson said, “Around 5:35pm Thursday, November 10th police and first responders were dispatched to a reported serious collision on Middle Road in Southampton near the junction with Scenic Heights Pass involving a bus and a van.

“It appears that the bus and van were each being driven in opposite directions when the collision occurred.

“The van driver, a 38 year old Paget man, was initially trapped in the vehicle before being extricated by Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service EMTs.

“He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of injuries to his hip and legs which were not believed to be life threatening.

“At last check the Paget man was still receiving medical care at the hospital.

“Three children aged 2, 4 and 7 years old who were passengers in the van also received treatment at the hospital for relatively minor injuries.

“All three were later discharged. There were no other injuries reported.

“Traffic was diverted away from the area while the scene was processed, with that section of Middle Road Southampton re-opening to normal traffic flow after the damaged vehicles had been removed, approximately three hours later.

“Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not yet come forward should contact the main police telephone number 295-0011.”

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  1. D says:

    I was wondering what was going on I have been hearing a lot of sirens for a few hours I hope all is ok

  2. Charlie says:

    Police not doing a great job with traffic.

    They’re redirecting people from Souza’s which is miles away from Scenic Heights pass where the crash actually is.

    If you live between those two places you need to tell the genius folk by Souza’s that it IS possible to get through up to Scenic Heights Pass and don’t waste an hour of your life driving to South Shore and back because of the misinformation they seem to have.

  3. Josie says:

    So sad I hope everyone is okay!

  4. Hurricane says:

    What the hell is happening on Bermuda roads!

  5. Truth teller says:

    Govt needs to do something now. Stiffer fines more police doing radar. It wont stop it but it might deter some from speeding etc

    • bee says:

      Here’s a solution and it costs NOTHING: STOP SPEEDING

    • Cynical says:

      Would the police take any action, even if its just a “I have my eye on you”, if people were sat in a speeding taxi or bus and clocked their speed on a gps app or watch? Or even with footage from a dashcam? Genuine question.

    • Ride says:

      Speed cameras, perhaps. Not saying that this accident was due to speed but the overwhelming majority are.

    • Driver says:

      I agree. I was drivin around yesterday and the roads were all slippery. How come govt allows the roads to be slippery. It is so dangerous! I bet that’s the reason for this accident.
      Govt need to get their act together. If they can’t stop the roads from getting slippery how they going to run our country.

    • It's the people says:

      Government and police have nothing to do with it. Does it look like fines and penalties are working right now? No!
      People will drive how they want and do what they want. That will not change anything.
      People need to wake up and slow down and be mindful of everything happening when driving and a lot of people cut corners with vehicles coming in the other direction. It’s ridiculous. I don’t know the circumstances of this accident but in general the people are the problem.

  6. Truth is killin' me... says:

    SLOOOOOOOOOW DOWN AND PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!

  7. Cynical says:

    Not alleging the bus was at fault here at all, more a comment on the standard of driving. I was stopped at the lights at the Victoria St/Cedar Ave junction on Wednesday. Just as my lights went green to carry on towards the bus terminal, a bus came from Cedar Avenue and turned right straight in front of me. Not only that, but a second bus followed him. Both buses ran a red light.

    If these guys can’t obey the most basic rules of the road, we seriously do have a problem.

    • Cahow says:

      Unfortunately it’s becoming the norm for people to run red lights now, so I wouldn’t expect bus drivers and taxi drivers to be very different from anyone else. I have been stopped at a red light and had vehicles overtake me to drive through. Traffic cameras would seem to be the only solution as police cannot be everywhere at once. What does the law say about riding bicycles? Many cyclists don’t appear to think they need to stop at red lights – and I’ve even seen them cycling down Queen Street.

  8. Angela says:

    It’s a sign saying gave way to Buses that why they come right out

    • It's the people says:

      She said at the lights… they ran the stop light. The give way is at the terminal not the lights.

  9. what ever says:

    The roads need to be evaluated, as they are way to slippery

  10. James Rego says:

    The conditions on our roads Thursday were very dangerous at times. There were sudden squalls with very high winds. Not making excuses for what happened but this is the result of not paying attention. It could happen to anyone.

  11. mm says:

    In some cases motorists need to pay a bit more attention to road conditions, heavy traffic light conditions, particularly busy intersections especially those areas that are not governed by traffic lights i.e. ice queen, khyber pass, camp hill, heron bay market place, tee street n middle road, the triangle of roads in flatt,s, shelly bay market place, if 12 places are listed here you can get the idea that through-out The Island we do have traffic situations that require us to be more alert, even if we have the right of way. I would pre fer more police officers, the tickets issued will off-set their time on the roads. If they have a hiring quota and have reached their limit, sell some GP cars let them use mini-buses or a government shuttle and funnel those funds toward police on the roads. Irrespect ive of how many police officers are out, folks are still going to drive as they do, there will be a gradual improvement tho. Foot patrols are also needed on the city streets and in our parks.

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