FAT@L Five-Vehicle CRASH on MANDELA Highway
Another multi-vehicle crash occurred on Mandela Highway on the St Catherine/St Andrew border early on Sunday afternoon April 29, with at least one fatality reported from the collision.
Indications are that five vehicles were involved in the crash. These included a hearse with a (chariot) behind it; a garbage truck and three cars. The incident occurred about 2:00 p.m. and reportedly involved vehicles travelling in a funeral procession along the highway. It’s not clear what caused the crash at this time.
The collision occurred near the bridge on the St Andrew side of the highway which is under reconstruction, which is being expanded to a six-lane dual carriageway, up from four before.
The vehicles involved were mainly travelling east-bound into Kingston, but some crashed through the plastic barriers separating east and west-bound traffic and ended up on the other side of the now makeshift thoroughfare.
While one person – a woman – d!ed on the spot after being flung from one of the vehicles, a man had to be cut from a vehicle by fire personnel, and was rushed to hospital in very serious condition. At least 10 other persons were observed with injuries to varying extents. The identity of the de@d woman is not yet known
Amid the traffic snarl that resulted from the huge crash scene, another mishap occurred along the roadway, after some motorists began using an unpaved section of the construction site to try and get around the crash scene.
In response to their unauthorised action, an armed security guard on duty on the site opened fire to deter the motorists from proceeding along the unpaved section of the roadway and ended up being detained by the police and relieved of his weapon for his own indiscretion.
Last week, an eight-vehicle collision along the same roadway left 10 persons injured.
In the meantime, the police are urging motorists to use alternative routes and to exercise caution while traversing the roadway