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Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in mourning as three employees killed in crash

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 6:13 PM
Vehicles from a funeral home are parked in front of the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Tuesday night as hotel workers and undertakers mingle.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

Workers at the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann have been left saddened following Tuesday night’s deadly crash along the Laughlands Main Road that claimed the lives of three employees.

Three other co-workers were injured and have since been hospitalised.

The deceased – Eric Forbes, 22, of Steerfield, St Ann; Jaynor Powell of Charles Town, St Mary; and Tiesha Douglas – had just left work with their colleagues and were heading towards St Ann’s Bay when the Honda Civic in which they were travelling crashed into a truck that was driving in the opposite direction.

"It is unexplainable for an evening like this to have been a reality for all of us at the hotel," said director of human resource and development at Bahia Principe, Fabian Brown.

About 30 minutes earlier, another crash in Discovery Bay, also involving a car and a truck, resulted in the injury of three other hotel workers.

Dr Roosevelt Crooks of Lifeline Medical Response was heading to the St Ann’s Bay hospital with victims of the Discovery Bay crash when he came up on the Laughlands accident.

"The sad thing about it: the Laughlands accident claimed three lives, all from the same hotel, Bahia Principe. The irony of it is that the first accident had employees from another hotel and they are pretty banged up right now," Crooks said.

Crooks appealed to motorists to exercise caution when travelling along the road: "We need to stop the speeding; we need to stop the recklessness," he said.

Last night, dozens of employees of the Bahia Principe rushed to the hospital upon hearing news of the crash.

“There is a gloom of sadness, and for me to say that, that is an understatement," Brown said.