Friday 24 January, 2020

Accident on Beetham Highway causing traffic pile-up

Photo via social media.

Photo via social media.

Update November 1, 2019 8.24 am:

Contrary to social media reports, the Priority Bus Route (PBR) is not open to private vehicles, following an accident which took place on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CRH) on Friday morning. 

The Ministry of Works and Transport said in an update around 8.24 am on Friday that the PBR remains closed to unauthorised vehicles.

"The Ministry of Works and Transport wishes to advise the general public that the PBR is NOT open to authorized vehicles. Please note that only the Minister of Works and Transport has the authority to officially open the PBR.

"Persons and media houses are urged to always verify the veracity of all information before taking action. As a result of the ongoing traffic currently experienced heading into Port of Spain commuters are advised where possible to delay their travel," the Ministry said. 

The update was issued after a collision was reported around early Friday morning involving an SUV and a flatbed truck. 

At least one woman is reported to have died in the accident. Four other people were said to be injured in the accident and transferred to the Port of Spain General Hospital for treatment. The severity of their injuries is not known. 

Up to 7:30 am, only police officers remained on the scene, and the vehicles involved were loaded on to wreckers. 

No lanes of the highway are blocked at this time but traffic congestion has been reported as far back as Aranguez. 

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and utilise alternative routes into the capital city where possible.  

Reports on injuries and/or casualties are still coming in; please refresh this page for updates. 

 

Original story

There are reports of significant traffic along the westbound lane of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway following an accident on the Beetham Highway on Friday morning. 

While information is still coming in, preliminary reports indicate that an accident involving at least two vehicles - an SUV and a flat-bed truck - took place around 4:20 am. 

At least one woman is reported to have died in the accident. Four other people were said to be injured in the accident and transferred to the Port of Spain General Hospital for treatment. The severity of their injuries is not known. 

Up to 7:30 am, only police officers remained on the scene, and the vehicles involved were loaded on to wreckers. 

No lanes of the highway are blocked at this time but traffic congestion has been reported as far back as Aranguez. 

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution and utilise alternative routes into the capital city where possible.  

More on this as it becomes available. Please refresh the page for updates. 

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