The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) has disclosed that some individuals harassed and verbally abused emergency personnel who responded on Friday morning to a report of a multiple-vehicle collision at Choc, Castries.
“I need to take the opportunity to express our disappointment in the harassment and the abuse that the officers received from a select few of the motoring public. Officers were verbally harassed as they tried to secure and provide assistance to the patients on scene and provide a safe passage to allow the rest of commuters to traverse the road,” Sub Officer Anwar Deterville said in a statement.
He disclosed that some individuals expressed foul language and disgust with the officers for preventing them from doing their own business and making money.
The SLFS official described the development as discouraging and very distracting.
“I would like to reassure the public that the officers are serving them – the public, by ensuring the scene is safe, not only for persons directly involved in the incident but also for other motorists.
Emergency responders said they rushed to the scene after receiving a call about 7:40 am and transported nine people to the hospital after four vehicles – 2 motor cars and two SUVs, collided on the Castries Gros Islet Highway at Choc, resulting in the temporary closure of both lanes.
The responders said they had no details concerning how the accident happened.