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Minibus passengers miraculously escape serious injury

Several persons, including students of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI), miraculously escaped serious injury when the bus they were travelling in toppled several times, eyewitnesses said.

At least seven of the 15 passengers were admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital for observation while the others were treated and sent away.One passenger lost his ear and another’s hand was fractured.

The accident occured about 5 PM and involved minibus bearing licence plate BFF 831

Eyewitnesses and passengers said the bus driver lost control while overtaking two cars on the Borlam turn, Number 19 Village. The bus turned over several times and hit a utility pole before ending up in a drain.

Residents from nearby villages rushed to the scene and rescued the students many of whom were screaming and in a state of panic and shock. The driver was not on the scene.