Declaring Friday’s traffic accident that ended the lives of four women a national tragedy, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis called on the nation to pray for the grieving families as he pledged the government’s continued support for those impacted.
In a national address Saturday night, Minnis also called on pastors across the nation to offer special prayers for the deceased and the families of those injured.
The women were killed and 24 others injured when a runaway truck hit participants on the 2018 Labour Day Parade. The accident took place near the East Street and Shirley Street intersection.
Minnis hailed the people who came to the aid of the injured.
“As our union leaders and workers demonstrated during yesterday’s march, we are one people united in love,” Minnis said in his address that aired on ZNS at 8 p.m.
“We will be united in this time of tragedy and suffering. Let us demonstrate this love through our prayers and acts of generosity for those who need our comfort and care during this difficult time.”
Minnis’ national address came just hours after he visited the grieving families.
The prime minister, who was accompanied by Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes and Bahamas Christian Council President Delton Fernander, offered condolences on behalf of the nation as the grieving families shared fond memories of their loved ones.
Fernander prayed with the families and encouraged them to get closer to God.
Police identified the victims as Dianne Elizabeth Ferguson, 55; Kathleen Augusta Fernander, 51; Tabitha Charlene Haye, 41, and Tami Patrice Gibson, 48.
Minnis also visited the injured in hospital.
“We pray that the physical wounds of the injured will heal in time, but we know that the psychological, emotional and spiritual wounds caused by yesterday’s tragedy and the subsequent traumatic stress and pain will require different kinds of healing,” Minnis said in his address.
“…On behalf of the people and government of The Bahamas, and on my own behalf, and that of my wife, Patricia, I extend heartfelt condolences to the families, colleagues and friends of those who lost their lives yesterday.”