Sunday 24 March, 2019

Woman killed in crash, man warded in serious condition

A 38-year-old woman is dead following an accident in Central Trinidad on Saturday.

She has been identified as Leeander 'Jewel' Phroodom of Chase Village.

According to reports, at around 1:15 am, officers from the Central Highway Patrol Unit responded to a fatal road traffic accident involving a white station wagon.

Initial eyewitness reports indicate that the vehicle was proceeding northbound along the Uriah Butler Highway when the driver lost control in the vicinity of the Caroni Police Surveillance Bay and crashed into the cable barrier and flipped several times.

The occupants were thrown from the vehicle and landed on the road.

Driver, Phroodom sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene while passenger Rakesh Seebarack of Longdenville sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Mt. Hope Hospital.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is expressing its concern over the fact that this is the fourth road traffic death in recent times, where a driver has been thrown from a vehicle in a collision, suggesting a lack of seatbelt use.

It said in all of these accidents, the vehicles occupant compartment remained intact indicating a high likelihood of survival if the drivers and passengers were restrained in the vehicle.

The TTPS Road Safety Coordinator Brent Batson is urging drivers and passengers to always wear seatbelts in vehicles, not just to comply with the law but for their own safety.

Batson says research shows that persons ejected from the vehicle in a crash have a 75 percent chance of death upon bodily impact with the road.

“That’s not a chance, it’s a guarantee,” he added.

Batson added that 75 persons have lost their lives on the nation’s roadways for 2018.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Traffic Branch, Basdeo Ramdhanie is warning motorists that Highway Patrol Units will be commencing a high visibility enforcement campaign along all the nation’s highways as part of an initiative to increase compliance with road traffic laws and save lives.



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