By L.K. Hewlett

St. Kitts Reporter

One of the buses presented to the Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force by the Ministry of National Security just over a week ago was involved in an accident that left the vehicle out of commission.

Both buses were turned over to Supt. Robert Liburd, the officer responsible for the Strike Force, which is a joint police and defense force unit formed to respond to incidents involving firearms and gang related activities.

According to informed sources, the driver of the 14-seater Nissan bus P1948 lost control while traveling along Frigate Bay Road that evening and slammed into a lamp post.

Unconfirmed reports have it that on Tuesday night at about 10:30p.m. the bus driven by a security force officer was engaged in a shootout with another vehicle that they were chasing when the incident occurred.

The Observer contacted one of the agency’s officials who denied that there was any shootout.

“There was no shooting going on when the bus crashed. The officers were tailing a suspicious vehicle occupied by some young men. The suspected vehicle overtook another vehicle heading in the Frigate Bay direction and when the bus tried to overtake, the driver lost control. The road was wet and the vehicle skidded off the road and hit a lamp post,” the source said.

Although unconfirmed reports claimed that the vehicle was almost completely wrecked, the source said that the damage done to the bus was reparable. He said he was more grateful though that none of the Strike Force members in the vehicle were hurt.