THE EDITOR, Sir:
Kindly permit us to convey our sincere gratitude to our fellow Jamaican Good Samaritans who came to the aid of those of us who were all aboard a vehicle which recently overturned on Mount Rosser.
Total strangers did not hesitate in stopping their vehicles to come to our rescue immediately following the accident on Saturday, September 28, 2013, on the highly traversed Mount Rosser Road in St Catherine, and did everything within their power to assist in whatever way they could.
It was a wet afternoon as we made our way from the thanksgiving service for the deceased family member of a co-worker in Brown's Town, St Ann. With all ladies on board, we headed towards Kingston. Cognisant of the fact that the Mount Rosser Road is usually slippery when wet, the driver was mindful to approach with caution, driving at about 25-30mph.
Suddenly, the car veered to the right and, in a flash, hit the embankment, flipped on its left side and skidded to a screeching halt on the other side of the road adjacent to the precipice above the red mud lake. With God's intervention, there were no vehicles approaching on either side of the road. Frightened, shaken and apprehensive about the possibility of the car bursting into flames, we scrambled frantically to find a way to exit the overturned vehicle.
It was then that our good Samaritans descended on us. They enquired if we were all right and then pulled us out, one by one through one of doors which was now above our heads. After ensuring that we were basically stable, like clockwork, they checked to ensure that the gear of the vehicle was in the park position and together heaved and flipped the vehicle back on to its four tyres.
There was a particular gentleman who took charge of the entire rescue and recovery operation in a very remarkable manner. He mobilised the men on the scene to pool their strength together. He also checked the engine to ensure that the necessary fluids were in place, started the vehicle and assured us that it could be driven back to Kingston.
Although he was going all the way to Chancery Hall, this gentleman volunteered to escort us to Half-Way Tree. Kind gentlemen, we wished we had taken the time to learn your names or to obtain your contact information so that we could thank you personally. We blame the omission on the shock and fright we were experiencing at the time. However, we are using this medium to express our heartfelt gratitude.