A Christ Church man cheated death today when the van he was driving tumbled about 40 feet down a ravine after being struck by another vehicle along Maxwell Hill, Christ Church this morning.
Anthony Bentham, 54, of the same address escaped with lacerations to his head and face, while he also complained of pains to his body in the freak accident which occurred around 7 a.m.
Bentham had to be freed by the Jaws Of Life after his badly damaged vehicle careened off the road and slammed into a partially constructed house. He was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
One resident who did not wish to be identified said that the van was struck by a taxi travelling in the opposite direction.
“He is really lucky to be alive. I’m glad that he went off where he did because further across there is an open well and things could have turned out a lot worse,” the man told Barbados TODAY.
“From what I saw he had some cuts and bruises to his face but he was still conscious when the ambulance came for him, so that is a good thing.”
He said it was the third time a vehicle plunged off the road in the area, recalling that a car also ran off the road last year, while another vehicle also ended at the bottom of the ravine three years ago.
Bentham’s son Ryan told Barbados TODAY this evening that his father, a baker, had been admitted to hospital for observation, but was recovering in good spirits.
“It was a close call for him. He is thankful to be alive. Members from his church came and they prayed with him and he is coming around.
“They just want to do the MRI to make sure everything is okay with him. But right now he doesn’t have anything major wrong with him,” he revealed.
The son indicated that when the accident took place, his father was on his way to deliver pastries to a buyer.
The condition of the other driver or that of the taxi was not immediately clear at the time of writing.