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Passenger Car Slams Into Safari Van Near Lockhart Gardens, Injuring 9 People: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A passenger car crashed into a safari van near a shopping center in downtown St. Thomas this evening injuring at least nine people, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to Rumer Drive, in the vicinity of the Lockhart Gardens Shopping Center to investigate an auto accident at 5:59 p.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Officers arriving on the accident scene found that a red Ford safari van and a white Toyota Camry sedan had been involved in a collision, according to the VIPD.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that the Toyota Camry, with three occupants, was traveling north and lost control, veering into oncoming traffic traveling south, colliding into the safari, carrying six passengers,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The three occupants of the Toyota Camry and the six passengers of the safari were injured in the collision, requiring medical attention at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, according to Derima.

All of the injured were listed in stable condition tonight, police said.

This case is currently under active investigation by the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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