Over 10 vehicular accidents today have prompted lawmen to issue a strong word of caution to motorists as they approach the Christmas holidays.
The first in a series of collisions resulted in one driver seeking medical treatment, following a two-car smash-up at Spencer’s Road, Christ Church this morning.
As a result of the 4:45 a.m. accident, one of the two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla, went up in flames.
It was not immediately clear who was the driver of the Corolla. However, the accident involved 20-year-old Mikhail Brathwaite of Kendal Hill, Christ Church and 48-year-old Richard Belgrave of Church Hill, Christ Church.
Belgrave was transported by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) after he was found in a semi-conscious state. He was treated and later discharged.
Another smash-up was reported at 6:30 a.m. along Silver Hill Main Road. That accident involved a minibus, driven by Winston Lewis of Arthur Seat, St Thomas, and a car, driven by Dennis Taitt of Silver Hill, Christ Church.
Two female passengers – one each from the two vehicles – complained of pains to the chest and sought medical treatment.
Around 2 p.m. 12 passengers in a ZR vehicle narrowly escaped serious injury after the vehicle crashed into a Nissan Sentra motor car. Nine of the passengers were taken to the hospital by ambulance while three were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.
The route taxi, ZR351, was driven by 65-year-old Oscar Maloney and owned by Bertram Jones of Bargain Motors Inc.
Reacting to these and at least eight other accident reports, Police Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police David Welch appealed to motorists to apply greater caution going into the holidays.