A quick stop to purchase roasted corn on the ABC Highway ended with a 73-year-old man having to be cut out of his vehicle and rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today.
Estrum Maynard, an Ellerton, St George resident, had to be cut from his mangled vehicle by firemen using the Jaws of Life after a Ford Explorer struck his Nissan March as he sat in it on the Barrow section of the highway.
The accident occurred around 1 p.m. in the southbound lane between Hothersal and the Norman Niles Roundabout.
According to police, Maynard complained of lacerations to his head and sustained a broken left foot and dislocated hip. He was taken to the QEH for medical attention by ambulance.
The driver of the Ford Explorer, 40-year-old Kenny Marshall from Ocean City, St Philip, was not injured.
Highway vendor Ian Webster said the accident happened “very fast”. His parked Suzuki van was also slightly damaged in the accident.
“A man stop to buy a corn . . . I gave him the corn in the car because he did not get out . . . Before I can say ‘move off’, I just hear ‘pax’ and I see my van heading going down the road . . . I turned and see a car wrap round the pole. He lick down the can, the coal pot and he touch the van,” said the 49-year-old Webster who received an injury to his right forearm.
Webster, a resident of 3rd Avenue, Bibby’s Lane, St Michael, has been a corn vendor for the past eight years. He said he had been plying his trade on the highway for the past three years.
“This is the first time something happen so. It happened so fast, you won’t believe . . . but that can’t stop me, man. I is a fighter; I going be back there tomorrow,” he declared.
Several police officers, two tenders with eight firemen and one ambulance responded to the accident.
The crash caused traffic to back up and police had to divert motorists as they carried out their investigation on the scene.