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Questioned further on the issue, the Prime
Minister replied: "Have a good day and I will
speak to you all another time."
Yesterday, however, Cabinet sources told the
T&T Guardian no report was being compiled in
spite of claims by Communications Minister Jamal
Mohammed that a statement would be released
after Rampersad submitted the report.
Mohammed on Sunday told the T&T Guardian:
"As far as I am concerned, Minister of National
Security Emmanuel George is awaiting a report
from the Chief Fire Officer and when he receives
that report a statement would be released on
behalf of the Government."
But when T&T Guardian contacted Rampersad
yesterday to ask the status of the report, he said:
"After I did my enquiries I realised that the report
was submitted by former chief fire officer Carl
Williams. I cannot do anything more."
George and Mohammed could not be contacted
yesterday as telephone calls went unanswered.
When contacted, Williams said: "How do I
know who I am speaking to?"
Williams then asked to be given the telephone
number of Guardian Media Ltd, promising to
return the call when he is available
The Rosenbauer water tender was bought in 2006
Sammy's Multilift originally submitted a quotation
of $10,189,115 to retrieve it but Cabinet twice
refused to sign off on the payment after some
Cabinet eventually agreed to the revised $6.8
There were conflicting claims as to how far the
firetruck plummeted from the road: over 300 feet,
15 metres and 60 feet, with the latter being
justified through an amateur citizen's video from
the scene of the accident posted at online at
A report from acting deputy chief fire officer Dana
Roach initially recommended that the $2 million fire
tender should be scrapped and the parts used for
similar water tenders in the service.
Roach's suggestion came after a team, comprising
acting brigades engineer Earl Browne, acting
divisional fire officer Arnold Bristo and the service
manager of Indocom Ltd, local agent for
Rosenbauer International, evaluated the firetruck's
serviceability. This apparently was never taken into
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Mother of twins in road accident:
for 10th JUNE, 2013
Two mothers who lost their daughters
in a traffic accident on Sunday morning,
yesterday pleaded with parents and the
authorities to take steps to save their chil-
Mothers Desiree Waddel and Peggy Ann
Riley said they did not know how to move
on with their lives.
Riley called on Government to increase
the age for citizens to gain driver s permits
from 17 to 25, while Waddel urged parents
to refrain from putting their children s lives
in the hands of young drivers.
Riley said: "I think the age for people get-
ting their licences should be reviewed. I
think they should look at that because
whether or not there are skills involved, look
at what happened.
"Whether the truth is that driver was
drinking or what have you, I think it should
start at 25. Young people are not capable
and they are not responsible."
Waddel added: "Parents, don t trust young
people to drive your children. Go pick them
up. Get off your bed. Don t care about the
time they call you, get off your bed and go
Waddel, the grieving mother of the twin
sisters --- Khadijah and Khertima Taylor ---
who died in Sunday s crash in San Fernando,
said she warned the driver of the car who
took her daughters to the birthday celebration
on Saturday night about speeding minutes
after they left her home.
Waddel said the driver did not heed her
caution and it resulted in the deaths of her
18-year-old daughters and their friend Kafiya
Grimacing as she spoke to the T&T
Guardian at the San Fernando Mortuary,
Waddel said she called Garcia on the phone
after she saw them "drive off in a haste."
"When they were leaving my house he
sped off and I called them one time on the
phone and I said Hello, tell that boy don t
be driving you all so hard. Do you hear what
I am saying? They said yes aunty, we told
him. Look at what happened now," Waddel
She said she even called them at the club
to ask whether the driver was consuming
any alcohol but was told he was not.
"I call them in the club, I text them, I
asked if he was drinking and Teenisha said
no he was not. I said to tell him that if any-
thing should happen, I would kill him. So
he better bring you guys home safe and bless
The girls were on their way home in a
Mazda 3 after attending a birthday party for
their schoolmate Sabrina Ali at the Metro
Nightlife Club, off the Gulf View Link Road.
Police said the car, driven by University
of the West Indies student Anthony
Balkissoon, reportedly slammed into the
median and flipped several times before
landing, facing upwards, between the pillars
of a bridge at the Cross Crossing interchange.
Both sisters, of Jack Street, Marabella,
died on the spot, while Gill, 19, of Cedar
Drive, Pleasantville, died on the surgeon s
Two other passengers, Teenisha Garcia,
19, of Vistabella, and Akinton Derrick, 22,
of Point-a-Pierre, remained warded at the
San Fernando General Hospital yesterday.
Garcia was in a critical condition in the
Intensive Care Unit where she was being
treated for a broken hip and internal bleeding.
Balkissoon, 20, of Point-a-Pierre was treated
The twins were supposed to complete
their Caribbean Advance Proficiency Exam-
inations (Cape) yesterday and Waddel said
they were excited to go dress-shopping for
their June 27 graduation. She said she only
allowed the girls to go out because they had
"My girls were angels, no stress."
Students, their parents and teachers of St
Joseph s Convent, San Fernando, where the
sisters were pupils, held a candlelight vigil
at Harris Promenade on Sunday night.
Monsignor Christian Perreira, who was
at the vigil, said he lost two angels. He also
gave a special prayer service during the
morning school assembly yesterday as stu-
dents and staff tried to come to terms with
the difficult situation.
"We had counsellors come in to speak to
the girls who were doing exams this evening.
The most difficult thing for them was to see
the empty seats where Khadijah and Kher-
tima were to be seated," he said.
Gill s mother, Peggy Ann Riley, a medical
orderly at the SFGH, said she had her last
UWI exam last week and had started working
at the South West Regional Health Author-
"I could not have asked for a better daugh-
ter. No problems, she was a brilliant and
lovely girl, her mother said. (See page A5)
I had bad feeling
about the driver
scrap tender overlooked
Family and friends gather at the home of
Khertima and Khadijah Taylor at Jack
Street, Marabella, on Sunday to mourn their
deaths. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
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