UPDATED: Man injured in Micoud Highway accident

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UPDATED: Man injured in Micoud Highway accident


A middle-aged man has been hospitalised following a motor vehicle accident on the Micoud Highway this evening (Jan. 18).

A police source said the driver, Paul Clarke of Choiseul, crashed the SUV (PD6521) into the concrete culverts at the bypass road despite a “clear diversion sign, and triple arrows in reflective paint” at the location.

The SUV blew the reflective sign then collided into the concrete barrier

“The SUV blew the reflective sign then collided into the concrete barrier. As you climb the hill from Desruisseaux, the area is well lighted and there are a number of signs. There is no reason to run into a reflective sign under a light,” the source added.

Clarke’s condition is unknown at this time, but sources said he was conscious when ambulance arrived.

Clarke, who was the only person on board the SUV, was heading in a southerly direction when the accident occurred. The Micoud Police Station received the report at about 7:20 p.m.

The bypass road was created after flooding during Christmas Eve 2013 trough collapsed a section of the road. As a result two brothers died after their vehicle plunged into the massive hole created by the flood waters. An 11-year-old girl survived the accident.


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  1. even when you know the signs are there, you forget sometimes. This is really a hazard, and the biggest risk is when you are going to Vfort and you are not sure that the person coming from Vfort is not going to crash right into you at the turn. This is so darn scary and dangerous, and needs to be dealt with immediately.

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  2. This gentleman is Lucian but lives in St. Croix, USVI. Signage and lighting is poor in that area but he admitted to me he was speeding because he knew there was a straight stretch of road ahead. Wishing Paul speedy recovery.

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  3. Who pays attention to roads signs when you're doing more than 50mph. His brake impressions alone say that he was speeding. Now I don't know if anyone noticed, but someone crashed into the colverts on the other side also. There was broken glass and brake impressions on the opposite barrier also. So the govedma has to fix this and stop fooling around!

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  4. The signs are not reflective and cannot be read at night. Whoever put up these signs should take a drive at night. They need to be changed.

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  5. On each side of the Ravine Bethel chasm should have been at least three bumps together with rumble strips to force motorists to reduce speed as they approached the road diversion. But I am not sure how effective warning signs would have been when 80 percent of our male learner drivers have opted to do oral exams rather than the written exams which means that they have a literacy problem and will have difficulty reading road signs.

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  6. It was just a matter of time, I almoct ran into it myself on the way to Vieux-Fort a couple months ago. You can bet your bottom dollar it will happen again.
    Lets hope it will not be a bus load of people/

    G.J

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  7. The people saying that theres not enough signs its a lie ...... There are how many signs saying slow down and also a sign saying divertion. .... We don't read that's our problem.......but of this middle age man we don't know the case..... If he fell asleep or what not

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  8. Somebody gave a party hack to do signs and put that there.A quick way to make a voter get a dollar. After all that is what all you vote for. A contract. NO ENGINEER at Ministry of Infrastructure would put that there. Ourselves to blame.

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  9. i live in the UK, and on my last visit i noticed this was a disaster waiting to happen. i believe the government must accept responsibility for this accident.
    the signs are not big enough.

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  10. Always have some negative comments to post. Why you people do such?? If you have nothing positive to say, then say nothing at all. Ignorant JA's

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  11. The signs in that area are to small and at nights they aren't reflective. It's only when you get close to them that's when you realise what's written on them. That triple reflective diversion sign is not seen either unless you get to the brow of that incline which is basically when you're almost about to do down hill. Locals are aware of the area but foreigners aren't and we need to take note of this. Similar incident in castries which unfortunately resulted in death. Still the authorities aren't taking heed. Health and safety needs to be paramount in this country
    The ministry responsible for our road safety are to lackadaisical.

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  12. One has to assume that the traffic signs are inadequate and did not catch the driver's attention because if he had noticed on time, unless his brakes gave way, he would have avoided that accident. Who would deliberately wreck like this, unless they were suicidal.

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  13. The Government need to respect peoples lives. Everybody knows that this sudden blockage in the road is hazardous with very little sign-age, warnings or reflectors. Just big stone age crash concrete "stone-age" colvets. One year ago at a detour like this a visiting driver was killed and now this. So sad a life was lost now this man is injured. The Government has more blood and carnage on their hands. THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT SIGNS INDICATE THE EXTENT TO WHICH OUR LEADERS CARE. WAKE UP MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE!!!!!

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  14. t is time to realise that we must always be careful on our roads as they leave no margin for human error. To borrow a phrase from an Ebola expert our roads are “not very forgiving of mistakes.”
    In this instance the warning signs on the approach to the Ravine Bethel bypass may have been inadequate but the driver may be lucky that his vehicle did not go down into that chasm.

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  15. I personally know this man....He is a born st.lucian but leaves abroad...comes on Vacation once in awhile. ....He might have not been familiar with the changes on the Road

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    • that is exactly what I'm thinking..it must have been someone who is not familiar with the road..pple just want to speculate and say wat they want..wait to hear wat the driver himself has to say

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    • I’m his daughter I am reading the comments right now even tho it’s years after this accident but I can’t believe the negativity I’ve been reading??

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  16. I have said it before that if a driver is not familiar with a location, it is easy for him/her to crash even when there are signs. Usually, the signs are inadequate in that, they don't give advanced warning, may not be noticeable because may not easily catch one's attention, and may not be strategically located.

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  17. That is what happens when people do not drive and pay attention to traffic signs. Sometimes I wonder if the driving schools teach people how to drive properly.So many vehicles pass there everyday.

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  18. It was just a matter of time before this happened. That area is not properly marked!!anyone who doesn't know or remember there is a by pass will end up in an accident there. A lot more markings need to be placed there!!!!!

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