BREAKING NEWS: Driver escapes death near Choc roundabout (video and photos)

By SNO Staff

The injured driver (inset) at the crash scene.

A man is lucky to be alive after his car ripped into a parked container-trailer near the Choc roundabout this afternoon.

The accident occurred around 5 p.m., across from the building that houses Rituals and Caribbean Cinema.

An eyewitness said the driver of the car (PJ90190) was heading in the direction of Babonneau when he allegedly attempted to overtake. However, to avoid colliding with an oncoming vehicle he veered off the road and ripped into the container-trailer.

The impact of the collision tore the roof off the car and shredded its rear, leaving the driver with a bleeding head wound.

The driver, known so far as Antonius from Corinth, Gros Islet, was seen standing on the side of the road with his shirt wrapped around his head, as two police officers conduct their investigations.

Interestingly, the container-trailer was parked at a “no parking” zone for container-trailers.













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62 comments

  1. yo bro let the owner of the trailer pay u for your car and distress and inconvenience bring them to court bro since carnival mate eh move that crap deh

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  2. What can I say, weak drivers all over Saint Lucia

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  3. They don't learn, and they don't listen, but the sad part is when innocent people get killed because of their stupidity.. "IDIOTS" wake-up and smell the road KILL..

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  4. Misinterpreted sign

    That sign indicates that only trailers are allowed to park there.

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  5. The driver should be in an ambulance not just standing there while the police is doing their investigation.
    The father looked over him .
    Thanks god.
    For putting a hand

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  6. If the driver had died it may be that the owner of the trailer be held liable. Would the driver had died "but for" the parked container? That may be difficult to disprove since a container would have accelerated his chances of dying because of its structural composition. Besides, the illegality in parking a container in that area is a contributor and something that cannot be overlooked as being reckless too.

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  7. Let us say that there is an accident on the 4 lane highway in the Choc area and one lane, South bound, is completely blocked. As a result the police direct all road users to use the North Bound lanes to go both north and south as a practical solution. Are the police making you break the law?

    You first need to find out whether permission was granted by the Traffic Department (police) to park there and for how long before you conclude the legalities.

    Thanks.

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  8. People here are under a mistaken presumption that overtaking is a bad thing. That is a WRONG assumption. The only person who has broken the law is the person who parked the trailer. The road and road shoulder were made for vehicles, and it is a reasonable assumption that an emergency/event may lead to them sometimes veering off the road unto the shoulders. Drivers are not perfect neither are vehicles so that's the reasonable presumption, however a trailer being parked on the shoulder is always dangerous and that is why there was a no parking sign for it. What if the driver had escaped a cow and then plowed into the trailer? We do no know the exact circumstance, sometimes the driver could have judged the oncoming vehicle to be at a particular speed, however it accelerated, resulting in him taking avoidance maneuvers.

    Overtaking is a maneuver that must be undertaken by any driver, albeit, when it is judged to be safe. However, in the process there can be miscalculations, unforeseen circumstances and sometimes recklessness. But have we proved the driver to be reckless? I think St. Lucians need to be more analytical in their thinking and not just belching out the first thing that comes to mind. It exposes clearly what is lacking within our education system which is Information Literacy. It informs that we have difficulty in gathering, analyzing and then presenting correct information.

    As to the question of damages the trailer owner may be required to pay the damages because the sign alone makes it reasonably foreseeable that such an accident could have occurred. Therefore the driver may well be within his rights for a claim for compensation.

    I understand the need and freedom to comment, however, show that you can truly reason. Not because a driver takes a risk he is wrong, because it maybe a reasonable risk, one which any reasonable person may have taken in the same circumstances.

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  9. Stop driving like nutters

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  10. Another consequence of lawlessness. If laws are not enforced they will be ignored and the result will be chaos and societal breakdown and an increasing the crime rate.

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  11. What if the trailer was a pedestrian walking by ?

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    • That would've been unfortunate but thankfully that was not the case. What if a tyre blew and it caused the vehicle to veer off road. Clearly the trailer should not have been parked there.

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      • Consider yourself blessed the father is protecting you. Say Praise the Lord!!!! I'm happy to see you standing there cause things could have been worse. All the best!

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  12. I pass there basically everyday to go to work and that trailer has been there from after babonneau carnival, not one police officer or minister has noticed it's parked in a no parking zone for one of them to say or do something about it since it's on the way to the ministry of infrustructure??? Hmmmm...but the second a random person parks on an off loading zone or a double line to rush in a store to get something they would get a ticket the second the come outside (not saying it's right to park on a double line or off loading zone) gov please apply the rules for everyone and not some people.

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  13. The parked trailer did not cause the accident. The driver of the car caused the accident from his own reckless driving by not ensuring that his view ahead was clear before overtaking another vehicle. The "shifting blame culture" of this society continues as always.

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  14. Squidly reds....

    Is that car registered in Barbados or some other island? (pj 90190)? To my knowledge de most numbers we hv in St Lucia is 4..could be wrong, just curious....

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  15. Reckless driving. Lucky to be alive! The situation with containers / trailers parked and maneuvering in the Banannes area is another disaster waiting to happen! It is absolutely disgusting that the authorities allow this to continue, with no regard for the safety of the general motoring public. The reality is that until someone loses their life as a result, the nonsense will continue. People can park their trailers where the hell they want because there are no rules in this country. Shame.

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  16. but he was overtaking smh them mun want to overtake any dam where. the trailer does not have topay for his car. we can only charge the owner of the trailer for illegal parking.

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    • I hope you know overtaking is not illegal. There are many places where it is deemed safe to overtake. Parking there is clearly illegal.

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    • officer******, you may be wrong. People here are under a mistaken presumption that overtaking is a bad thing. That is a WRONG assumption. The only person who has broken the law is the person who parked the trailer. The road and road shoulder were made for vehicles, and it is a reasonable assumption that an emergency/event may lead to them sometimes veering off the road unto the shoulders. Drivers are not perfect neither are vehicles so that's the reasonable presumption, however a trailer being parked on the shoulder is always dangerous and that is why there was a no parking sign for it. What if the driver had escaped a cow and then plowed into the trailer? We do no know the exact circumstance, sometimes the driver could have judged the oncoming vehicle to be at a particular speed, however it accelerated, resulting in him taking avoidance maneuvers.

      Overtaking is a maneuver that must be undertaken by any driver, albeit, when it is judged to be safe. However, in the process there can be miscalculations, unforeseen circumstances and sometimes recklessness. But have we proved the driver to be reckless? I think St. Lucians need to be more analytical in their thinking and not just belching out the first thing that comes to mind. It exposes clearly what is lacking within our education system which is Information Literacy. It informs that we have difficulty in gathering, analyzing and then presenting correct information.

      As to the question of damages the trailer owner may be required to pay the damages because the sign alone makes it reasonably foreseeable that such an accident could have occurred. Therefore the driver may well be within his rights for a claim for compensation.

      I understand the need and freedom to comment, however, show that you can truly reason. Not because a driver takes a risk he is wrong, because it maybe a reasonable risk, one which any reasonable person may have taken in the same circumstances.

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      • Wow!!! You're good "Wam there" very well said. I do hope that all those who comment blatantly before reading and understanding take your comment in consideration. Be blessed. Applaud.

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  17. Well boy the trailer being parked there is an offensee on its own. The driver of the car should count his lucky stars. His life is the compensation. Now let me be devil's advocate if that ttailer was almost in the gutter and the car still get remodelled so much , can you imagine where the car would end if it was not there. ........in Ritual's glass and kill or injure innocent people. I'm not saying the trailer was right to be there but it sure saved someone's life cause the accident was destined to happen based on what was reported......someone was overtaking ... On another note I passed the scene of the accident heading into town at 5:15pm and I did not see or hearit happen so how then did the report say it happened at 5:30pm....huh...

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    • you passed the scene at 5:15pm and expected to an accident which took place at 5:30pm. a whole 15 mins later... you self self self. I hope you not driving because is dumb shit like that, that does make yourll do shit on the road. If you cant tell time, I doubt you can figure out your own speed. return the license you borrow buddy. please please please.

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    • Simply because u passed 15 min earlier.lol. unless u're physic you missed it.

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    • not really cause too at the direction of the car if the trailer was not there his car would still be intact cause his main aim was to avoid collision with oncoming traffic, the trailer has no right being there period.

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    • Hmmmm.... If you passed there at 5:15 and it happened at 5:30, obviously it happened after you passed... So how would you hear or see it? Lol

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    • Damage to a vehicle alone cannot be attributed to the speed a vehicle was travelling at. The structure and condition of the vehicle and the object which it comes into contact with are all major factors.

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  18. It doesn't help to say that if the container was not there this would not have happened. You are correct but something worse could have happened. We do not know. The negative comments are not helping.

    So, if you are always in a hurry and overtake every vehicle in front of you... Take heed! This could have been you.

    I don't speed but have almost got into accidents because persons are not careful on the roadway:

    Today while driving along the john compton highway, a woman decides to just drive out of the jn marie junction after the car in front of me passed her vehicle. She saw me but I guess I was driving too slow for her. If she was not quick enough we would have collided. Wait!! What's the rush? She mouthed something to me but didn't hear what it was.

    Another time a vehicle was exiting the area near automotive art, tried to make it quickly onto the highway after the car in front of me passed him. Again, I was too slow for him it seems. I had to swerve quickly onto the inner lane to avoid hitting him.

    Patience people!

    There was one time where I almost caused an accident in the round about because I entered too early but praise God there was no accident. The vehicle had to take the second exit and I was in the way. Now when I am at the round about I wait. If you find yourself behind me in traffic Im sorry... we're waiting. I would feel sorry for vehicles behind me. Not anymore!

    I practice patience each day when driving.

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  19. The trailer should not be parked there but the driver is also at fault . If the trailer was not there he could have hit someone walking along side the road or even a vehicle which may have stop there to drop off
    a passenger or someone going to buy something at rituals. Its called dangerous driving.
    As a driver I see people in a hurry to get to vieux-fort at 7am, i am wondering where are they in a rush
    to, same for going to Castries their live home late, then speed along the way putting other persons life at
    risk to get to work for 8:30. If you are late there's no going back. Its upsetting the way persons drive along the highways . Taxi drivers also want to drive you off the road when going to meet persons at the
    airport.

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  20. lucians so backward youll worried about the truck on the other side when the driver tested his own fate in driving the opposite direction!!!! That alone makes him disobey road safety. smh .. TAKE YOUR TIME IT CAN WAIT LOOK NOW YOU HAVENT GOTTEN TO YOUR DESTINATION AS QUICKLY AS YOU THOUGHT SMH THIS IS SAD PEOPLE TAKE LIVES FOR GRANTED

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    • I agree most drivers are always in a hurry but you sound like someone who overtakes on the left...

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    • Guess you've never driven a stroke in your life. It is not illegal to overtake. A car hitting a container is always a disaster for the car considering the laws of physics. You have no idea how fast the car was going. And how much speed can such a car have from the round about to that point. It could not have been travelling more than 30MPH. That is no F1 car. If the trailer was not parked there it is likely that nothing would've happened to the car. Considering it is parked there illegally, the owner should be made to pay for the man's property.

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  21. they will learn not to over take lucians always inna hurry

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  22. Laaawwwwd my partner coming out brunch new .... partner fall on your knees ......

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  23. Well guess what? the trailer was just removed...Interesting!!

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  24. Thank God he veered because it could have been worst. The Almighty God sees everything. That oncoming vehicle which he avoided needs to be equally thankfull

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  25. I am sorry about his accident.Thank God the driver is alive. Here is an opportunity for our law enforcement authorities to step up abd save lives in the future from dangerously parked trailers...Some of these areas include; Bannanes/La Toc, Cul de Sac and Hill 20, Babonneau.Please please please, Help save more lives

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  26. Wow this guy was lucky God was with you or your must have been praying for you thank God man

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  27. I saw this coming.That trailer has been parked there from carnival.What also bothers me is that there is a sign prohibiting such action.Another thing that freaks me out is that this is along the way to the Transport Ministry.Hasn't the minister seen it.Hasn't the PS seen it..So why did it stay there for so long???

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    • No body cares. Everyone is reactive. That's how it's always been. No one is accountable to anyone. Lawlessness begins at the top.

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    • That trailer has been there since carnival and communication is round the corner including driving instructors and examiners that have students everyday so y is it an issue now?today URL notice it Hippocratic idiots always looking to cover their backs

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    • They pass back road.

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  28. well you can't cheat death. its probably a chance to give god your life as you are living it the second time.

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  29. I think the owner of that trailer should be charged pls compensate this guy for his vehicle.

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  30. Concerned citizen

    This clearly show disrespect for road signs. I'm sure the container had been there for a while. Officers please be serious in doing your jobs. I'm not blaming you but please have no mercy when people break traffic laws. In as much as the driver was over taking, if the container was not parked there, this would not have happened. Fine the owner of the container. It was a hazard obviously.

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  31. Wow wow wow!!! Thank you Lord for saving this man' s life... those photos gave me goose bumps...

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