A safari bus with defective brakes lost control Thursday afternoon on Raphune Hill and struck a utility pole, injuring some of its passengers, the V.I. Police Department reported.
According to the police report, officers were notified of the collision at 4:08 p.m.
The safari bus was traveling downhill near the Wheatley Shopping Center, the police reported, when the operator lost control of the vehicle. It veered towards the left and collided with a utility pole, causing several passengers in the vehicle to be thrown forward.
Those injured where transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center by ambulance, police unit and personal vehicles for observation and treatment. The police news release of the incident did not report the number of people injured or the severity of their injuries.
The driver of the safari bus, Myron Donovan, was found to be negligent, operating defective equipment and failing to operate his vehicle in a safe and prudent manner. According to the police report, an inspection of the vehicle’s brakes found them to be inoperable.