UPDATED: Two injured as truck overturns in Castries (photos added)

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UPDATED: Two injured as truck overturns in Castries (photos added)

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.








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  1. I really don't understand why ppl like to just make statements.the guy was not speeding the vehicle loose control and loose brakes.Thank God no one is dead but the guys will be OK by the grace of God

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  2. Trucks are very Sensitive....The usual Cause of Truck turn overs are the AIR line which runs from Compressor to the brakes has failed....These lines are metal lines and do contain rust after a while.....but again, what happen with this truck can happen to any truck driver...I am a Truck Driver and this has happen previously to me and is because of good experience i maneuvered by the Use of engine breaking....But if he was an experience enough Driver he would have know that he is descending downhill to Reduce Speed and Go a few gears Low......

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  3. I wish the 2 guys a speedy recovery and hope the one fella's leg is saved.

    But I have always said trucks, they need to have a governer place on them so they can't go above a certain speed. If they ever run into a house or some establishment with people inside, I'd hate to see the outcome. Things will happen, it's human nature, but still try to be safe out there.

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  4. the truck brakes gave way n the driver tried his best to slow the speed of the truck....if u think im teling lies go V/H
    and hear the story for your self. All 3 guys knew the brakes gave way n tried their best to brace themselves for impact but it so happen the truck flip causing serious damage to 2 guys

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    • I'm sure you maybe right, but when was the last time did anyone including the owner checked the brakes? There are a lot of vehicles being driven on our roads the are not road worthy. That being said, i wish the the two guys a speedy recovery. I sincerely hope the other guys leg can be saved. GODS SPEED

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  5. Don,t be quick to judge. It could have been some kind of malfunction. Brakes, transmission who knows. Was it a matic or stick.

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  6. With the transfer of the weight from one side of the truck to another all while controlling the momentum of opening out before the corner he joined the flip mode squad.......he tried to defeat the laws of physics and lost!!

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  7. is either that truck loose breaks or mate was driving to fast but i find it strange they had injuries considering the size of the truck and all that metal around it . its not like its a car well get well soon guys

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  8. Justified savings (whether good economy or bad). Take the short route to maintain the brakes. Welded brakes? Re-manufactured brakes? Heavily modified brakes? Cheap brakes? Keep the company's mechanic(s) mouth(s) shut. Threaten him/them even. People eventually talk. This HAS happened before...Barre de l'Isle a few years back (Soufriere mechanic??). No "NTSB" in SLU. Which company is it again?

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  9. How can you attribute speed as the cause of the accident.A number of things could of been the cause.Stop assuming especially if you were not anywhere around when the accident took place!

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  10. Well that's one way of clearing out all the cured concrete from the pumps and the pipes. Rather like holding it upside down and shaking it...lol.

    But seriously how fast was that truck going to flip over like that???

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  11. These truck driver driving like is cars they driving. Maddness!! There is no way da mun overturn and he wasn't speeding... and in a busy area like this again. Wha!!

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  12. Stop judging...I saw it all hr tried to control the truck...look like he had trouble with his brakes....he really did try to control it

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  13. The investigation must determine if the accident was caused by a technical fault (e.g. brakes failure) or operator/driver error or a combination of both. Fortunately there were only minor injuries.

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  14. Truck owners and drivers need to ensure that these trucks are serviced and driven properly- bearing in mind the small roads, sharp corners and topography of the island

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  15. wow this truck must have been going mighty fast,driver plz hve some regard for human lives i hope they will be ok God help us smh!

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