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Drunken driver rams 4 panmen

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

FOUR members of Witco Desperadoes Steel Orchestra reportedly suffered minor injuries on Saturday night after a car crashed into them while they were in the process of preparing to perform outside a bar in St James.
The incident took place shortly after 8 p.m. outside the Smokey and Bunty bar, said Peter Joseph, the steel orchestra’s assistant manager. The band was invited to perform for the 25th anniversary celebrations of the renowned spot.
Joseph told the Express last night that the moments before the incident, the driver of the car was mingling in the crowd and seemed to be intoxicated.
“He just went into the car, hit the gas and crashed into the equipment. Four of the members were injured. They were taken to hospital but three of them got discharged. Another one is still warded at ward 23,” he said.
Joseph said about 25 per cent of the steelband side’s equipment was also damaged.
He presented a video clipping which was recorded on his cellular phone, showing paramedics also placing a spectator on a stretcher after he too was injured.
Police officers arrived on the scene shortly after and took the driver into custody at the St James Police Station, Joseph said.
Lisa Mckenzie, co-owner of the bar, told the Express by phone that she was unaware of any of the band members being injured. The by-stander however, was in stable condition at hospital she said.
“All I can say is thank God the equipment was there because it could have been a lot worse. It was Saturday night so people were liming. If those pan were not there that car would have crashed into the crowd and it would have been a lot worst ,” she said.
Officers at the St James station confirmed last night that the driver of the vehicle were assisting them with their enquiries into the incident.
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