Sunday 19 August, 2018

Revelers warned: Stay away from big trucks after 2 tragic incidents

Revelers and spectators alike are cautioned to keep a safe distance away from music trucks following the death of an elderly tourist and the serious injury of a masquerader. 

The Police Service, in a Carnival update issued earlier today, reported that a 30-year-old woman of Powder Magazine, Diego Martin, was warded at the Port of Spain General Hospital, after falling off a truck transporting portable toilets 7:30 am today at Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

She was treated at hospital. 

Then, at around 1 pm, a 77-year-old Florida resident died when he got caught under the wheels of a truck carrying ice.

In light of this, truck owners are urged to take the necessary precautions to ensure public safety while masqueraders are advised to avoid being dangerously close to the vehicles. 

"Drivers with permits for heavy vehicles and other types of vehicles, authorized to provide transport on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, are reminded of the requirements of the permits when they were granted. The operators of these vehicles must ensure there is no risk to public safety when engaging or driving their vehicles. Masqueraders are advised to maintain a safe distance from moving vehicles at all times and should avoid assuming precarious or dangerous positions on music trucks when in motion."

The TTPS Carnival update also made mention of two stabbing incidents in South and Central Trinidad which claimed the life of a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy. 

The TTPS says thousands of police officers, supported by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force along with other law enforcement personnel, began blanketing the country from midnight on Carnival Sunday, in preparation for the official declaration of the start of Carnival at 4 am today.

In anticrime exercises carried out throughout the country, several persons were arrested for possession of narcotics; possession of weapons/sharp instruments of any type; resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour, as police enforced a zero tolerance on any infraction of the law.

Police officers were positioned at strategic points in and around Port of Spain as well as in San Fernando, Chaguanas, Tunapuna, Arima, Crown Point, Roxborough and other Carnival locations.