Bus slams bucket truck

One of two main traffic arteries into George Town was closed for hours Wednesday morning after a passenger bus collided with a bucket truck.

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The scene of a bus-bucket truck accident on West Bay road Wednesday morning that left the bus driver in critical condition. Photo: Brent Fuller

The bus driver involved in the collision was listed in critical condition at press time and was scheduled to be airlifted to a Miami hospital for further treatment.

It appeared the top of the bus smacked the underside of the bucket extension on the construction vehicle. The truck was in the entrance to Comfort Suites on West Bay Road but the boom and the bucket were extended over the road.

The wreck happened just before 7am and sent two men and a woman to hospital.

One of the injured men, Mike Rance, was in the bucket of the truck he was operating. He suffered relatively minor injuries and was able to give police an account of the wreck.

The 65-year-old bus driver suffered major injuries to his head and face. The bus’s owner was identified as 65-year-old Elbert Lester Rivers-Yates.

One female passenger on board also suffered relatively minor injuries and was expected to recover.

Witnesses said it appeared the boom arm of the truck was manoeuvring the bucket around over the street when the accident happened.

Traffic backed up for miles toward West Bay District as police blocked West Bay road between the Harquail and Eastern Avenue.

Bucket truck owner Robert Watler said the vehicle was being moved across the street at the time of the accident to be picked up by a flat bed wrecker. Mr. Watler said the truck was scheduled to do some work at Comfort Suites Wednesday morning.

‘It’s a terrible accident,’ Mr. Walter said. ‘We just hope everyone is OK.’

Cayman has seen comparatively few fatal accidents in 2009; four for the entire year…compared to 11 deaths on the roads last year.