The lone female passenger in a Toyota Corolla motor car died yesterday following an accident on the road adjacent to the Kingston Container Terminal yesterday, and fingers are again being pointed at the fire service over its inadequate response.
When The Sunday Gleaner reached the scene, scores of onlookers were upset with the firefighters.
Winsome Beckford, who said she was two cars behind the Toyota Corolla, said the vehicle was not going very fast when she saw it veer across the road.
"She swerved across the road, and after that, the car hit the concrete on the road. Then it flipped over, and ended on the top and we heard her screaming," said Beckford.
Onlookers tried to help the driver even as the police and fire service were summoned.
"When the first fire truck came, it had nothing to cut the vehicle to take her out, so a second truck was called and it came.
"It was this truck that had equipment to get her out. However, before she was out, a man, who I think was a doctor, was on the scene and he told her to calm down and stop screaming," Beckford stated.
She said the man wiped the blood from the woman's face and offered CPR, but shortly after she was removed from the vehicle, "he shook his head and covered her face with a handkerchief".
She added: "I believe she would still be alive if the first truck had the equipment to cut her out 'cause police and ambulance were on the scene by then."