Babonneau resident Lindsey Joseph, who narrowly escaped death Tuesday night (August 5) during a vehicular accident on the Mon Repos highway, has questioned the safety of guard rails.
The same road barrier that is expected to protect motorists, almost killed Joseph. The iron rail entered the windscreen from the front passenger area and pierced through the side window, behind the driver’s seat.
In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online today, Aug. 6, Joseph said he was on a work-related trip when his Kia motor car (PE4993) crashed into the road barrier. He was the only one in the vehicle.
“I had made my last stop in Patience, Mon Repos,” he explained. “Just as I made my way from the Patience junction onto the main road to head home, I realised that I was quite close to a container which was parked on the left. I swerved right to move away from it.
“The road was wet, the car skidded out of control and I ended up hitting the guard rails. I am happy to be alive. I have one observation: Could the guard rails have been designed differently so that instead of protruding, the ends could be directed or curved downward into the ground?” he asked.
He added: “I would have been dead if the rail had hit my head or had hit my neck differently. I got bruises and scratches on my neck because the rail had grazed my arm and neck.”
Joseph, a married father of two boys, denied allegations that he was reaching for food on the passenger seat when he lost control of the vehicle.
He also denied speeding.
“I didn’t have much time to develop speed. The junction which I drove out from is just a few metres away from where I skidded,” he noted.
Joseph sustained minor Injuries to the face and neck. He was released from hospital.