KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent—Scores of school children collapsed on hearing news of the tragedy which befell schoolmates in a minibus accident on Monday, according to reports emerging here.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that five students were killed as a result of the incident at Rock Gutter, a community between Owia and Fancy in north-eastern side of the island.
The search was continuing up to yesterday for two people reported missing.
Although the entire country went into a state of shock, a number of students collapsed at North Union Secondary School when news broke that a van containing several of their schoolmates had plunged into the sea in North Windward killing several persons.
“It was a very solemn mood this morning,” St. Clair Da Santos, principal of North Union Secondary School, told reporters .
In the latest update Monday evening, officials said five persons have been confirmed dead, two are missing and 10 were hospitalised as a result of the accident.
“… about a hundred students collapsed when they got the news,” Da Santos told reporters.
“…….. these are the students who really exemplified the school spirit,” he said of the students who were travelling in the minivan.
(Full details in Thursday’s VOICE)