Sun | Jun 24, 2018

Ninth fatal crash in Hanover since January

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Superintendent Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer of the Hanover police, disclosed that the traffic accident that occurred along the Hopewell main road on Sunday night was the ninth fatal crash in the parish, totalling 14 deaths since the start of the year.

"Our traffic team is doing their best to get motorists to obey the speed limit," Beeput told The Gleaner yesterday. "We have this bad habit where motorists are 'flashing' (alerting) each other, so they slow down near the checkpoints. But as soon as they are through it, they start speeding up again," she added.

"We need to launch an educational campaign to teach motorists how to use the road. We have five grey areas (accident zones) in the parish - Orange Bay, Green Island, Mosquito Cove, the Ramble main road and the Point main road - and we are monitoring them very closely," Beeput said.

During a visit to the Sandy Bay Police Station yesterday, the Gleaner team viewed the two wrecked vehicles that were involved in the fatal accident. The interior of the Toyota Corolla motor car from which five persons died was soaked in blood, and the torn pieces of clothing, blood-splattered airbag and a bloody shoe left no doubt about the horrifying impact of the crash.

adrian.frater@gleanerjm.com