Coleridge Parris was visibly shaken by the moment that could have been his last. The 65-year-old freighter was driving along the Graeme Hall stretch of the ABC Highway when a white SUV came flying towards his blue truck.
If not for the jersey barrier separating the dual-carriage way highway, the jeep driven by 64-year-old Orlando Cozier would have crashed directly into his truck. Stunned by the sight that was unfolding in front of him, a startled Parris slammed into a pole, damaging the fender of his vehicle.
Cozier of Kingsland, Christ Church, who was removed from the overturned vehicle by firefighters, was taken to hospital.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY as police closed off the highway to investigate the accident, Parris was still in disbelief. It all happened so suddenly that he still could not process the details, he said.
“I was coming down the road on the right lane and I just see the jeep come around a corner, little past a white van, and the guy . . . went airborne,” Parris recalled.
He went on to reveal that vehicle bounced into the barrier once before flipping over and landing on the side of the road.
“I glad he didn’t come over the bar because he would have had me good,” he added.
As Parris spoke to Barbados TODAY, Cozier’s son, who declined to reveal his name, appeared distraught at the scene.
No further details of the condition or injuries of the elder Cozier were available up to news-time.