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After death of family in road accident: Cops want more cable barriers
Police are renewing their calls for cable barriers to be placed along the Solomon Hochoy Highway after the death of a family of three in a car crash on Tuesday afternoon. In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday, the former head of the traffic watchdog Arrive Alive, Brent Batson, said the area where the accident happened had been the site of four other similar fatal accidents. Batson is also a Special Reserve Police (SRP) attached to the Police Road Safety Project.
“We are asking the Ministry of Works to consider higher barriers to prevent crossovers, not only of light motor vehicles but heavy goods vehicles as well. “The continued curbing of preventable tragedies must be prioritised,” Batson said, adding the existing low concrete divider makes for a catalyst for vehicles to flip and, as in the case of Tuesday’s accident, land on oncoming vehicles.
On Tuesday around 1.45 pm, Nanda Ramcharan, 36, her son, Nyron, 12, and her husband, Mahadeo, 48, were killed when a garbage truck landed on top of their car near the Endeavour Flyover, Chaguanas. Mahadeo was driving south along the highway when a white Mitsubishi Lancer in the north-bound lane collided with the garbage truck. The truck spun out of control, crossed the concrete median and landed on the Ramcharans’ car.
Speaking at the weekly police press briefing yesterday, public information officer of the Police Service, Insp Wayne Mystar said the driver of the white car that caused the truck to lose control passed a breathalyser test. Asked about the visibility of police along the highway, he said there was still an individual responsibility for all drivers to adhere to traffic laws. “We are not responsible for a driver who at that time broke the speed limit and as a result can cause tragedy to take place,” Mystar said.
The funeral for the family will be held on Saturday at 10 am at their home at Rochard Road, Penal, then to the Shore of Peace, Mosquito Creek, for cremation under Hindu rites. Their deaths took the accident toll to 91, one more than the same period last year.