Earlier this morning, an accident took place near mile 19 on the Hummingbird Highway. This accident caused the road to be temporarily shut down due to large amounts of oil on the highway. When Plustv reached on the scene however, the oil had already been covered up with sand to prevent any further accidents. The accident happened sometime around 10:00am this morning near Valley Community. A tractor was being driven by a farmer on his way to collect his harvest for the morning. When he looked down at his gauge, he realized that he needed some fuel for the journey, and decided to stop at the gas station on the left-hand side of the road. The tractor, we must point out, had no indicator signals. As the tractor was about to turn into the gas station’s driveway, a van behind tried over taking, resulting in the collision. The front portion of the van was extensively damaged. The tractor on the other hand was completely ripped in half, causing the oil to leak out onto the road. The ministry of works quickly issued a press release cautioning drivers to slow down around Mile 19 on the Hummingbird Highway. Hector Wright, an eyewitness, told us what he saw and heard.
Hector Wright, eyewitness
Well I only hear brakes and I just see wah truck just spin bout 3 time ina the middle ah the road. From deh I run out, so when I look I see that I know the guy and he lives right round the curve.
Hector says that the gas station is located around a very dangerous curve, and he has seen many accidents happen right at that very spot due to the lack of visibility when coming around the bend.
That is a big problem right here when going and coming out back [from the gas station] they have to come over the other side of the road when a curve is here. If a vehicle coming 50 miles an hour, he can’t stop! Either it goes to my house or mek a accident. This da nuh the first accident happen here. We had a truck weh loaded with fruit. The 10 wheeler truck, turned over right here and slide on the road. They have a government vehicle turn this curve and lost control and ended up ova deh. And several other accidents. A guy dead ova there. Same thing lose control and vehicle flip. So this curve needs attention!
Apart from the many accidents that have occurred at that specific spot, Hector says he is also fearful for his life, as his house is also located by the curve. There have been several accidents at that spot, and Wright fears that one day, his house and family will be on the receiving end of an accident.
Hector Wright, eyewitness
I don’t know what to do, or who to go to! I would want somebody do some kind of speed bump you know. Look pan this situation. I have about 7 or 8 of us living in that house and if one of the big truck ever run down deh one ah these days It [will] be a disaster. I live here and I built this road… this is my outlet. Where your vehicle is right now I use to have my road there, but when I come in from Stann Creek I notice that if I hang up too long in the road I could cause an accident there. So I [took] the road a little farther so when I come from Stann Creek I have enough time fi get off the road.
No one was injured in the accident.