Accident victim “happy to be alive”

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Accident victim “happy to be alive”
Lindsey Joseph

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.








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  1. Can we be a little more compassionate and not rush to judgement when we do not know what happened? There was no one with Lindsey in the vehicle, so how can one claim that they know that he was reaching for chips? Come on people!

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  2. Give God all the praise brother because he is the only one that protect you from death

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  3. I'm sure there are good contractors in St. Lucia, but maybe you could consider bringing in some contractors from overseas, if necessary.

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  4. U cannot b charged for driving and looking for something but it is obvious that if the area u are is not safe to move your eyes off the road then u do that after u get to a safe zone.
    I hope he knows that this is driving without due care and attention and he should b charged cause he could have run into a pedestrian.

    Our lazy cops might not want to charge him because they want to cut down on the volume of work.

    Doesn't matter the fact that he gave his long story. He he could have killed a pedestrian and he needs to face the Magestrate

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  5. He had to be really over speeding. If it wasn't for that guard rail where would he be. Nothing is totally safe. Not because of this one case should we say its not safe.

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    • The guard rail did its job, it is suppose to prevent you from going down the sides, or dirvert you away from the side.

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  6. WE HAVE A BUNCH OF DRUNKIN BOUNTY RUM CONTRACTORS BUILDING HOMES AND OUR ROADS HERE. COLLAPSE BRIDGES, COLLAPSE HOMES AND MUCH MORE, HAVENT YOU SEEN THE ADDS ON TV YET? ASK YOURSELF THAT ? IF YOU WANT TO BE A GOOD CONTRACTOR IN ST.LUCIA JUST DRINK BOUNTY AND YOU WILL BE HIRED.

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  7. your Dad and mom are praying people. God spared your life. careful consideration should be given to this miracle.

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  8. The question as to whether guard rails are safe is a stupid one. The design may have been faulty, but ask people who have been saved from rolling down an embankment by guard rails.

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  9. Concerning the caption "Are Guard Rails Safe". These are inanimate objects we are the dangers. We should not be asking if they are safe but ask whether we should do such asinine things when we are driving such as look for chips. This guy had many guardian angels looking out for him so maybe he can be a spokesperson for a new show called "things we shouldn't do while driving".

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    • Good to know that there are perfect drivers like you around - people who never do "asinine" things like reach for a bag of chips (perhaps to keep you awake on the road), or reach to change your radio station, answer your phone... People like you just hold on steadily to your steering wheel, eyes fixed on the road from start to finish. I envy you.

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  10. He is a god fearing man and the news about the chips is just a rumour. Thank God you are safe Lindsy!