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Safari Bus Crashes on Raphune Hill After Its Brakes Fail, Driver Cited

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A safari bus driver on St. Thomas lost control of his van when its brakes failed and crashed at the side of the road Thursday afternoon causing numerous injuries to passengers on board, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police were notified at 4:08 p.m. Thursday of an automobile collision on Raphune Hill in which passengers were injured, the VIPD said.

According to a preliminary investigation, the safari bus was traveling downhill in the area of the Wheatley Shopping Center when the driver Myron Donovan lost control of the van.

Police said the safari bus veered towards the left and hit a utility pole, causing several passengers of the vehicle to be thrown forward with the force of the accident.

Passengers who were injured were taken to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital by ambulance, police units, and personal vehicles for observation and treatment, the VIPD said.
Police found Donovan negligent for Operating Defective Equipment and Failure to Operate his Vehicle in a Safe and Prudent Manner, after an inspection of the vehicle’s brakes found them to be not working, according to the VIPD.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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