Two persons sustained injuries when a crane truck (TK2719) overturned at the roundabout in Bananes Bay, near La Toc, Castries at around 9:30 a.m. today.
Acting Inspector for the Traffic Department Dexter Cumberbatch told the media that the driver of the vehicle sustained injuries to one of his legs (he was initially trapped and his leg crushed), while the passenger, who reportedly jumped from the truck as it was about to overturn, sustained injuries to his back. The men were transported to Victoria Hospital for treatment.
Cumberbatch said preliminary investigations revealed that the vehicle was coming from the tunnel road of the Millennium Highway and the driver may have lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn at the roundabout.
He said his team responded expeditiously and cordoned off the scene. The Fire Service also responded efficiently and was able to transport the men quickly to the hospital.
The police inspector said the increasing number of accidents is a major concern and that there have been at least 17 fatal accidents so far this year, which is an increase compared to last year.
“I just need to appeal to persons to be more responsible when driving and take their time when they are driving. The road was not built for a race track. People want to get to point A to point B In record time, but the road was not designed for that speed,” he emphasised.
Cumberbatch said while there haven’t been many accidents involving heavy-duty vehicles, serious attention must be placed on these type of accidents so as to ensure less fatalities and damage to public property.
The truck belongs to a construction company.