9-year-old Falls out of Moving Bus Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

Martin Noble receiving treatment at KHMHA 9-year-old Standard 4 student of Holy Redeemer School is receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he fell out of a moving bus. The student, Martin Noble, fell out of a bus while it was travelling between Mile 6 and 7 on the Phillip Goldson Highway on Wednesday sometime around 4:30 p.m. Reports are that the boy was travelling inside a Haylock Bus and was pressed to the rear when the back door flung opened and Martin tumbled out. His older brother, Mauricio, who was also travelling along with Martin frantically tried to get the bus to stop banging on it to get the driver to stop. His calls were not heeded to until the bus had reached well over half a mile away.

Meanwhile, Martin had been flung into the path of oncoming vehicles, Dennis Gabourel, who was travelling behind the bus said that the bus had just overtaken him when he say the boy fly out in his path. He quickly swerved his vehicle out of the way and ran to the aid of Martin. Shortly thereafter, an ambulance arrived and took the 9-year -old to the hospital where he remains for treatment.

The incident was one that has been waiting to happen and could have been easily avoided. The Ministry of Transport has been working with bus operators for them to adhere to regulations, one of which includes that buses not be overcrowded. All indications are that this was the case on this bus. There are provisions which have it that whenever there are excess passengers waiting for bus transportation, that a second one be sent to accommodate the commuters.

Martin is the son of Press Office cameraman, Fortunato Noble and the nephew of this newspaper's editor, Alfonso Noble.