A schoolboy is tonight nursing injuries after a three-vehicle collision this morning.
Fourteen-year-old Chai Barker, who was injured in the head and suffered a suspected broken left arm, was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the 7:30 a.m. crash and driven by Chenese Barker of St Anns Village in St Joseph. The other vehicles were an SUV and a panel van at Groves in St George.
Philip Tempro of Buttals, St George, the driver of the SUV, reportedly was not injured; however, Adam Corbin of Blowers in St James, the driver of the panel van, received head injuries and a suspected broken right leg.
Amid the recent spate of road accidents police are urging motorists to exercise greater concern on the roads.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY this afternoon Assistant Superintendant Antonio Forte of the Operational Support Division, with responsibility for the Traffic Department, said the force was very concerned about the accidents occurring in quick succession.
He implored persons to take an introspective look to see if what they were doing was contributing to the number of road accidents.
“We have been observing a significant decay in traffic violations because of persons’ disregard for traffic regulations, and persons taking chances, driving without due care and attention. It is evident there are some major issues in terms of persons driving through red traffic lights, major issues in relations to persons overtaking without due care, [and] issues with persons using cellular phones on the roads, particularly to text.
“The whole issue of illegal car racing and motorcyclists riding around recklessly, we need persons to be mindful of and resist from these acts,” he said.
“We believe some attention and some introspection would go a long way, once persons recognized what they were doing and how it contributed to accidents. People using roundabouts, people walking the streets in dark clothing at night time, pedestrians walking on the streets and using cellphones, not crossing at zebra crossings . . . . Collectively these are the major issues engaging our attention, and we need to address them urgently. Hopefully this message to the users of the road will play a role in an effort to reduce the number of accidents.”
Today’s collision was the sixth for the year. Last Saturday there was another mass causality accident when a car was involved in a collision with a Transport Board bus at Windsor in St George. The driver of the car, Troy Ifill, 36, of Haggatt Hall in St Michael, died at the scene, making that the third road fatality for 2014.