Five individuals were rushed to hospital Friday afternoon after a vehicle accident on the Coolie Town highway, emergency officials say.
A video of the aftermath of the accident was posted on social media.
It prompted the Saint Lucia Fire Service to reiterate calls for members of the public to leave accident victims alone unless the victims are in imminent danger, and leave treatment to qualified personnel.
The video shows victims lying on the ground with members of the public trying to assist them.
“Don’t shake his head,” a female voice cautions as a man rubs the chest of a male victim.
Another man attempts to raise a second victim up by pulling on his arm.
“Don’t shift him – just talk to him,” the voice advises.
A male individual then proceeds to hit the chest of a victim several times and lifts him to a sitting position.
“Do not shift him. Don’t shift him,” the female voice shouts amid the din of the excited crowd that had gathered.
The well-intentioned citizen then lowers the victim back onto the ground.
According to emergency officials, the accident on the Coolie Town highway involved a pick up truck and a minibus.
They say the pick up was overtaking and overturned three times before veering off the road, spewing passengers who were sitting in the tray at the back.
Units from the Saint Lucia Fire Service headquarters in Castries, with back up from Babonneau and Gros Islet responded to the incident which occurred about 5:47pm on Friday.
According to a senior fire service official, four of the injured persons who were transported to hospital were reported to be in stable condition while a fifth is said to have been seriously injured.