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Woman killed in St Ann crash, British visitors among several injured

Published:Monday | August 26, 2013 | 7:37 AM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer



WESTERN BUREAU:

The carnage on the island's roads continued yesterday, when one woman was killed and seven other people injured following a two-vehicle crash on the North Coast Highway in St Ann.




The woman, who was not identified by the police, died on the spot.



It is believed she was a passenger in a Mistsubishi Pajero which was involved in the collision.



A British visitor and her two sons, aged 14 and eight who were on their way to the airport to catch their flight to London, England, were among the seven admitted to the St. Ann Bay Hospital in serious condition.



The eight-year-old boy sustained head injuries.



The family of three was traveling in a Honda CRV which reportedly flipped several times in the air before landing on the opposite of the road.



The Honda was hit in the back and side, while the Pajero had severe damage to the front triggering the air bags to deploy.



Witnesses told The Gleaner it took the ambulance more than an hour and a half to arrive at the scene, just outside Discovery Bay, while the police were one hour late.



"This is a very slack country, this could never happen in England," stated an English visitor, Jennifer McKie, who said she stood there and waited for the first ambulance to arrive, "and when it did, it could only transport one person".



She said the two boys had to be taken to hospital in a pick-up by a passerby.



McKie also said both vehicles were hit by another that did not stop.



This could not be corroborated by the police.



"It was horrible," McKie pointed out, noting that had it not been for a group of doctors residing near the scene of the accident maybe others would have died.



"They came out of their homes and tried to help the people," she said.



The commanding officer in charge of St Ann, senior superintendent of police Egbert Parkinson, refuted the claim that the police were an hour late.



"They were in the area conducting a border block, so that could not be possible," he told The Gleaner.



The St Ann crash came a day after three people were killed in a collision in the neighbouring parish of St Mary.



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