According to medical and police sources, a teenager, Kereem Chumney was ran over by the trailer that was transporting the Small Axe Band, on J’ouvert Morning, 26th December, 2012. He was somewhat lucky however, as only a part of his leg was trapped by the trailer wheel.
It is reported that the incident occurred just before 11:00am, in the area of Central Street and Fort Street, Basseterre, when Chumney was “jamming” close to the trailer.
He was given initial medical attention by two medical doctors who happened to be in the vicinity. The doctors, Vance Gilbert and Norgen Wilson gave medical assistance to Chumney before being rushed to the Joseph N.France General Hospital, in West Basseterre.
Chumney, who is believed to be from East Basseterre, in Ponds Extension, was treated and admitted for further observation. The results however, indicated that Kereem suffered no broken bones.
In response to the incident the National Carnival Committee has again called on the public to take more responsibility for their personal safety; reminding them that it is possible to have fun while still being careful and mindful of the possible dangers. Over the years, carnival officials have taken measures to help minimize the risks posed to revelers, including the placement of railings around the wheels of the tractors and trailers, but still many have insisted on putting their lives in danger by dancing very close to the huge wheels.
Even though many have been injured in the past and a few have actually died, members of the public continue to take the risk, also ignoring the marshalls that have been recruited to help prevent such incidents.