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Karl Terrence Hudson-Phillips,
Beloved and loving husband to Catherine (n e Hutcheon) and father of
Jennifer, Kevin and Sarah, died peacefully and suddenly in London on the
16th of January 2014 at the age of 80. He was born in Port of Spain on the
20th of April 1933, the second child of the late Henry Hudson-Phillips, Q.C.
and his late wife, Gilda (n e Archibald). His brother and wife, Dr Archibald
Hudson-Phillips and Mrs Angela Hudson-Phillips, and his sister Dr Margaret
Green also survive him. The youngest of his siblings, Edwin, pre-deceased
him in 1988. Much has been and will be said about this exemplary and
honourable man. To his family, friends and the staff of his Chambers in
Trinidad and the firm of Henry Hudson-Phillips & Co. in Grenada his death
was unimaginable and the loss is immeasurable. The book of condolence at
Hudson-Phillips' Chambers, 33 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain will remain
open until 12.00 p.m. on Friday the 31st of January 2014. The funeral
service will be held on the 1st of February 2014 at the Cathedral Church of
the Holy Trinity commencing at 9.30 a.m. The cremation of his remains and
the interment of his ashes will be an unpublicised private event.
A 16-year-old school boy remains
in a critical condition while 16 other
students were injured after a loaded
dump truck collided with a school
The accident happened on the
busy South Trunk Road, La Romain,
and workers from the nearby Damus
Limited and Constructora OAS aban-
doned their work site to assist the
injured students out of the bus.
According to parents who were at
the Accident and Emergency Ward
of the San Fernando General Hospital,
most students received bruises and
cuts to their head and upper body.
However, Varune Doon, a Form
Five student of ASJA Boys' College,
was admitted to the Intensive Care
Unit after his skull was fractured in
Students said Doon, who is prepar-
ing to write the Caribbean Secondary
Education Certificate examinations
this year, was sitting where the truck
struck the bus.
Nine-year-old Naya Maharaj, a
pupil of Grant Memorial Presbyterian
School, was also warded for head
injuries. Naya, who was sitting in
the front seat of the bus, is the
daughter of bus driver Vishnu
According to police, the students
from Rousillac and Aripero were
enroute to several San Fernando
schools when a truck, transporting
gravel, skidded across the road and
slammed into it.
The driver told police he was head-
ing to Mosquito Creek. He said as
he reached near Damus Limited
another vehicle emerged from a side
street causing him to apply brakes
suddenly. The truck skidded on the
Fire-fighters, police and ambu-
lances arrived at the scene within
ten minutes. Although most of the
students were treated and discharged,
many were left traumatised and in
Parents said the bus was trans-
porting students attending Naparima
Boys' College, Naparima Girls' High
School, ASJA Girls' College, ASJA
Boys' College, San Fernando Central
Secondary School, San Fernando
West Secondary School, Pleasantville
Senior Secondary, Grant Memorial
Presbyterian and University of the
West Indies' South Campus.
They said Doon was taken to a
nearby private hospital for a CT scan
as the equipment at the hospital was
With blood stains on her shirt, 16-
year-old Kajol Baal said she hoped
her injuries did not affect her CSEC
preparations. Grimacing from
abdominal pain, Baal said she had
to return to hospital tomorrow for
more tests as doctors found blood
in her urine sample.
"Right now my abdominal area
and shoulders are still hurting. I am
still traumatised but I am not afraid
to go back to school. I have exams
this year and I hope it will not affect
my studies," she said.
Meanwhile, her schoolmate, 14-
year-old Cassieann Mohammed
walked out with bandages covering
a large head wounds
Recalling the incident, she said:
"All I heard was the driver saying
what is this?' and then he pulled
aside and this truck just ran into the
side of the bus where I was sitting.
I was sitting by a window, two seats
before the back of the bus.
"I saw this truck coming toward
the bus and I just turned my head.
It was very bad. It had me shaky. It
was the worst experience I ever had.
I'm happy that I'm alive because
there is another boy who is still
unconscious," Mohammed said.
Speaking outside the San Fernando
Police Station, Maharaj said the acci-
dent was so frightening he would
not wish it on his worst enemy.
He said most of the children suf-
fered cuts and bruises because the
windows were closed while the air-
conditioning was running.
Maharaj who has been operating
a school transport service for the
past 20 years, said he thanked God
no lives were lost. He said usually
he transported 25 students but some
of them stayed away from school for
He added: "This rounds you have
to drive for yourself and everybody
else. This was really a frightening
experience and I wouldn't wish it on
my worst enemy. Seeing blood and
glass everywhere was terrible.
"I must give thanks and praise to
God for no one dying. At the end of
the day, we had a tragedy averted
because it could have been a lot
worse," Maharaj said.
National Security Minister Gary
Griffith says the fires in the Beetham
landfill which caused much of Port-
of-Spain to be blanketed in dense
smoke for most of yesterday was
not caused by residents protesting
a police shooting of one of their
"My information is that it is not
in anyway related to an act of arson,"
Griffith said in a brief telephone
His statement on the issue mir-
rored that of residents, who
adamantly denied any involvement
in the incident.
"Police just looking for an excuse
and for somebody to blame," one
male resident, who wished to remain
unnamed, said yesterday.
who responded to the scene and
remained in the area until late Sunday
to ensure protests did not affect other
citizens as they had in the past.
With some protesters threatening
to continue protests yesterday, the
officers returned to the area before
rush-hour traffic began yesterday
morning and evening.
They were seen patrolling and were
parked at strategic locations along
the highway to allow for speedy
responses in the event of any reports
of illegal activity, though by the end
of the day there were none reported.
"It was professionally handled,"
Griffith said yesterday in describing
the police's response.
He also praised Beetham residents
fort acting in a professional manner
by refraining from disrupting com-
muters through blocking the highway,
despite their concern over the manner
in which the police handled the inci-
dent on Sunday.
Besson Street police are continuing
investigations into Williams' shoot-
Griffith: Beetham fires not arson
Boy, 16, critical as dump
truck rams school bus
Kajol Baa, who was injured in the
accident, leaves the San Fernando
General Hospital yesterday.
School bus driver Vishnu Maharaj
speaks during an interview with
the media yesterday.
ASJA Girls' School student Cassieann Mohammed sits outside the San
Fernando General Hospital nursing head wounds after yesterday's accident.
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