Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Watch: Music truck sends elderly woman to hospital

An elderly woman from Woodbrook was rushed to hospital with complaints of chest pains after a Carib/Stag branded truck blasting music moved through parts of the community following the World Cup final.

Mrs Chin Ching, 85, is believed to have suffered a mild heart attack.

The Woodbrook Residents’ Association shared her story on social media this evening.

After moving from a stationary position along Tragarete Road, the truck proceeded through Pole Carew Street to the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Ana Street, where it stayed for approximately two hours in front of the elderly woman’s home.


Video via Facebook, Woodbrook Residents Association.

According to the residents, Councillor June Durham asked the police officers who were escorting the truck if they could have the DJ lower the music as it was affecting the 85-year-old woman.

The request, however, was ignored.

The Councillor then contacted the St James Police Station (which gave the permission for the truck to be on the road) for assistance and reportedly had the phone hung up on her.

Durham went a step further and called TTPS Port of Spain Divisional Head, Senior Superintendent Floris Hodge-Griffith who was unaware of the permission granted for the truck as it was not her jurisdiction, but she called the officer in charge of that division to request assistance.

The residents say the truck was eventually moved – 20 minutes later.

“The stress was too much for Mrs Chin Ching as her grandchildren alerted their uncle that she was feeling unwell complaining about chest pains. An ambulance was called and she is currently being treated in hospital,” the Residents’ Association said.

The music could be heard as far as the Hasely Crawford Stadium while it was parked along Ariapita Avenue.


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