VH responds to Cul de Sac explosion

Press Release:-Tuesday’s massive explosion in Cul-de-Sac triggered the full mass casualty response from the Victoria Hospital as the casualties came steaming into the Accident and Emergency Department.

A total of 15 patients presented at the hospital suffering from various injuries with some requiring immediate surgical procedures.

One patient succumbed to his injuries while others were stabilized.  Additional nurses, doctors, ancillary and admin staff responded quickly to manage the injured as well as the friends and family members who arrived on the scene.

It was a baptism by fire for newly appointed Ag. Executive Director of the Victoria Hospital, Brenda Calixte who took up her duties only one day ago.  She was however exceedingly pleased with the response of the hospital staff to manage the situation.

“From the time we got the news, what we did is we rounded up all the clinical personnel, surgical personnel, the Medical Director, the Nursing Director, all our admin persons are there.  We also got more security personnel to come in. We also got the domestic assistants, the orderlies,  all these persons including our admin persons, accountant and everybody,  all those persons in supplies, the lab, everybody was rounded up and everybody is here… Persons are working and the doctors are really helpful, the doctor are there and they are working.”

The Executive Director sympathized with family members for the sudden shock brought about by this incident but assured that the hospital in adequately managing the situation.

“Right now we have everything under control. We also have the Lamina Hospital in Martinique they have called us to let us know that they are on standby if we need to transfer anybody to Martinique.”

Calixte added that patients on wards who could safely be managed at home were discharged to make bed space available, while other persons reporting to the A&E Department  agreed to wait a little longer to be attended to by medical personnel.

Prime Minister, Hon. Allen Chastanet  and Minister for Economic Development, Hon. Guy Joseph were on site at the Victoria Hospital to provide assistance to staff particularly with respect to travel arrangement to Martinique and to empathize with numerous family and friends gathered at the hospital.

“It is very sad and my sympathies go out to the families especially those who have lost their loved ones and our prayers are with those who are still alive and maybe in a critical condition that things are going to work out and that we are not going to have any more casualties than we have.   It’s very sad when an individual leaves and goes to work and his family expects him to come back home and on the job a tragedy like this happens. It’s a very difficult situation to deal with.”

Minister Joseph indicated that while attending a budget meeting on the Waterfront they received reports that the building had shaken due to a massive explosion  at Farrand Quarry in Cul-de-Sac. The meeting was quickly ended and he and the Prime Minister immediately visited the site where they learnt of two deaths on location and a number of injured persons transported to Victoria Hospital.

“I know the Prime Minister has been in touch with counterparts in Martinique, medical persons and other persons to put measures in place in the event that we need to transport anybody to Martinique. I have been in discussion with the directors at the hospital. As far as we know the response has been very good from the hospital. All the personnel that is required were called in and they responded very quickly and we must really applaud our medical team and our workers for responding with such limited resources as we know the challenges that we have in the health sector to the mass casualties that we have had today.”

The Victoria Hospital provided coffee, tea and water in their staff lounge to family members awaiting the outcome of their loved one’s situation while the Prime Minister organised meals for the hard working staff and volunteers many of whom worked extended shifts.

Four patients were also  airlifted to Martinique for treatment early Wednesday Morning.

Three doctors from Martinique are currently at Victoria Hospital to assist with  patient management.


  1. Pan Kaiso
    March 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Can some one tell me what could have triggered such an explosion on a site that deals with sand stones and cement was members of isis testing something a they here ? Have the terrorist landed in the quarry ,I want to know

    Dose that site have an ammunition bunker that we Lucian’s don’t no about ? Let the investigation begin

    1. Rage
      March 22, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Why the hell would Isis Bomb a quarry you goddamn moron. They target malls, schools and huge crowds. Stop name dropping isis when it has nothing to do with this situation. The explosion probably happened due to mismanagement or mishandling of something dangerous.

    2. Yvonne
      March 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

      The explosion was caused by a container of dynamite catching fire. They use dynamite in the quarry business to blast rocks. Nothing sinister, just very unfortunate and very sad.

    3. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 11:34 am


    4. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Come on ppl lost their love one’s.the government have the others to care for .Ppl life matter’s.
      Aft we will know what causes the explosion,we will get help from out side to let us know what really happened.
      We all want to know.

  2. Sad-But-True
    March 22, 2017 at 8:58 am

    All the island’s money being washed away and the reduction in VAT monies could be used to buy proper Emergency Vehicles to respond to such mass casualties. Not those old beat-up ambulances floating around. Retire those junks and buy new ones, or contract it like in the more develop world to business men.

    1. Anonymous
      March 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      you idiot even when your god kenny was in power there were issues with ambulance and other emergency vehicles do everyone a favor and stop giving your mouth air

  3. Vibz
    March 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and the injured. In your time of adversity, may you gather the strength to fully recuperate from this horrendous event. It is my hope that you would get the requisite assistance and support to make it through this dark and dreary time. May God bless you abundantly.

  4. Smh
    March 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

    It was dynamites people, dynamites. A container full of them

  5. Anonymous
    March 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    At least the pm is doing his best to assist nice wrk pm

    1. Teacher say..
      March 23, 2017 at 8:51 am

      I must agree with you on this. Not a fan of Chastanet or Guy by a stretch but I am definitely pleased to “hear” that they showed up. I am certain that others were there on the scene as well and have not been mentioned. Still I am very pleased that the PM was on site. Now please resume the work on St. Jude’s Hospital and let it be completed so that we can have better medical facilities in the South

  6. Choops
    March 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Smh ISIS has nothing to do with that. It was sparks from the welding plan that ignited the dynamites and it exploded. It was an unfortunate situation .

    1. Cristal
      March 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Very unfortunate!

  7. Ben
    March 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Dynamites???…really, smh

  8. Amie dodo
    March 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    So so sad bravo to the staff and management ,the pm mp guy

  9. Dominican
    March 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    There’s a video going around with a man with his chest cut open, could anyone tell me is that’s really from the incident .