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Burnt bodies identified

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama-Jacinta Colebrooke and Maure Noel have been unofficially identified as the victims removed from an apparent fiery car accident late Wednesday evening.

Police have not yet officially released the names of the victims. However,The Freeport Newshas confirmed the identities.

According to police, the vehicle the pair was travelling in was struck from behind and it caught afire.

A male reportedlyescaped from the accident with minor injures.

Unconfirmed reports toThe Freeport Newsearlier this week suggested that the victims were shot. Police have declined to comment on this claim pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

Colebrooke is believed to be a resident of Columbus Drive and a janitress at a primary school. She was also the mother of two teenage daughters.

Noel, 28, was reportedly a Haitian who resided in The Bahamas for 13 years.The Freeport Newsunderstands that Noel was a resident of 26C Nansen Avenue and he leaves behind a young child.

According to police, police control room received a call at about 10:15 p.m from a male caller who reported that there was a traffic accident on Grand Bahama Highway. The caller said both vehicles were on fire.

Police and firefighters responded to the call and met two SUVs a white Ford Expedition and a white Jeep Cherokee ablaze. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.

Superintendent Wendall Deveaux, officer-in-charge of the Traffic Division, said that the white Expedition was positioned on the southern side of the highway and the Jeep Cherokee was in the center of the east bound lane facing southeast.

“There were damages to the rear of the white Cherokee and the front section of the Expedition. The Expedition was partly destroyed by fire, while the Jeep was extensively destroyed,”he said.

“Inside the white Cherokee Jeep officers found the remains of two human beings, we were unable to identify these persons after the fire was extinguished, and police are continuing their investigations into the matter.”

Deveaux added that the driver of the Expedition received slight injuries to the right side of his forehead and he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

According to Deveaux, the surviving male driver told police he was traveling east on the Grand Bahama Highway, when he suddenly came upon the white Expedition, which appeared to be parked in the middle of the road with no lights on.

Police said the driver told officers that when he noticed the reflectors onthe vehicle it was too late for him to avoid hitting it, and a fire erupted upon impact.

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