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By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS THE capital recorded its 15th traffic fatality for the year with the death of a 44-year-old crane operator, traffic investigators are calling on motorists to heed traffic laws.
Shane Harding died of his injuries on impact shortly before 1 am yesterday when the black Ford F-350 he was driving ran into the back of a garbage truck.
Both vehicles were travelling west at the time of the accident on Prince Charles Drive, near the area of Jean Street.
Witnesses described a horror scene. Mr Harding's head was decapitated and one of his hands severed.
Police list the other persons involved -- the passenger of the For ...
One week after tragedy struck at the Freeport Container Port and left three dead, its executives met in closed sessions yesterday with employees to hear and address their concerns.
It was in keeping with a promise Port Director Godfrey Smith made to several of those who had gathered at the Burger King Restaurant on The Mall Drive last Thursday morning to voice their grievances over safety measures at the port which were highlighted by last Monday's deadly tornado.
The "freak" weather system, which reportedly hit the transshipment site around 11:30 a.m., injured 11 employees, most of them from the Engineering Department reportedly performing work on one of the cranes.
A prison officer and a police officer were rushed to hospital yesterday after two prison buses collided with a Mack truck on Eastern Road.
The buses were carrying inmates to downtown courts around 9:45 a.m. when the accident occurred at the entrance of Mount Vernon.
"The extent of their injuries are not known at this time," said Inspector David Lockhart of the traffic division, while on scene.
"All of the inmates are accounted for and we can ensure the public that none of the prisoners at any time escaped, nor was any member of the public in jeopardy as a result of this collision."
Both buses were extensively damaged, police said.
When The Nassau Guardian arrived on scene the buses were being towed by several heavy duty wreckers and a crane.
Lockhart said the prisoners were relocated into three private buses and escorted by police to courts.
He did not confirm the total number of inmates being escorted nor did he provide details on the matters the inmates were connected with.
"We would like to generally say to members of the public, please drive safely and upon hearing a siren one must pull to the left to give way," he said.
Lockhart said police have not determined who was at fault.
He said the driver of the truck was being questioned. Lockhart assured that all standard police protocols were followed.
"We also have one or two witnesses that are assisting in this investigation," Lockhart said.
Last February, the police transport bus crashed into the prison bus when its brakes failed.
Two prisoners and one guard were taken to hospital with minor injuries.