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Two men died in a car crash early Sunday morning when the Honda Civic in which they were travelling veered off Old Parham Road, slammed into Tunnel Bar, flipped onto its roof and burst into flames.
The police confirmed the deceased are Cordell Graham, 46, of Cassada Gardens, and Carl Constant, 45, of Pares Village.
They were allegedly travelling east along Old Parham Road in Constant’s car, A46833, when he lost control of the vehicle. The black car swerved right, ran off the road and into the business place, where the owners also reside.
The owners of the bar, Errol and Nichole Osborne, said they were not at home at the time of the incident, but their two children – ages nine and 15 – were there with a 24-year-old cousin.
Errol, who denied permission to speak to his teenaged daughter, reported that she called him shortly after 3 am yesterday and told him something was happening outside the house because she had heard a loud, crashing sound.
The father explained, “My daughter said a car crashed into the house. She saw the car in the yard and it was on fire. I had just left to pick up my wife when she called around 3:10. When I came back down the road from getting my wife, I saw fire from the car and some guys were throwing water to stop the fire catching on the porch of the house.”
The man said the fire officials arrived “in quick time” but the car was already engulfed and destroyed; and the fire had spread to the veranda.
“If they didn’t [put] out the fire, my house would have burned down, but the car was finished and I’m assuming the men couldn’t get out the car for some reason because they were still in there,” he said.
“I am sorry for the families and give them my sympathies,” Errol said.
The man said that after it hit the fence, the vehicle knocked down the tents, chairs and benches that were in the yard, in an area where patrons to the bar usually gathered to socialise.
At the time of the incident though, the bar was closed.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

Cordell Graham died yesterday morning when the car in which they were travelling crashed into the Tunnel Bar on Old Parham Road and burst into flames

Carl Constant

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