A reader sent us a link to the photograph below which, if you have been following our blog for the past month, you should recognize is the site of the tragic cruise excursion bus accident in Tortola in February. One young man died and several other passengers from a Princess Cruises cruise ship were injured as the bus sped down "Windy Hill" road and crashed into the side of the hill before flipping over in the road.
Although the accident occurred almost one month ago, rocks and debris remain on the road. In a post entitled "Not My Job Mon," several readers of Travel Talk Online have commented on the embarrassment of the government of Tortola being unable to clean up the accident site over the past many weeks.
One reader commented: "Maybe the "Crash Dummy" could clean it up in his orange jump suit!! That is crazy!!"
You will recall that "Crash Dummy" is the cruise excursion bus driver, Roland Allen, who is in jail awaiting trial for dangerous driving. We have covered Mr. Allen’s driving record and criminal record in previous blogs.
It is unacceptable that a cruise line like Princess Cruises would use an old bus driven by a known reckless driver with a criminal record.
Tortola’s tourist board convened press conferences following the deadly bus crash and promised to look into this accident. They vowed to improve the safety of the taxis and buses carrying cruise passengers and other tourists.
Is this just happy talk to appease the cruise lines?
Why hasn’t the tourist board erected a memorial on the side of the road to remember the young man who died? Why hasn’t Tortola installed "caution" or "slow down" signs on the hill to remind other drivers to be careful?
Or at least pushed the rocks off the road to avoid other accidents?
Photograph Travel Talk Online