Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Seven dead from three collisions in just over 24 hours

Within just over 24 hours this week, seven persons have died in three vehicular crashes across three parishes.

The first multiple fatality occurred on the Whitefield main road in Porus, Manchester early on Sunday morning.

Three men, identified as 36-year-old construction worker, Delroy Lindsay; 29-year-old labourer, Oshane Walters; and 42-year-old Derrick Salmon, perished in that collision.

Reports are that shortly after 12:00 a.m., Lindsay was driving a white Toyota Corolla motorcar towards Clarendon when he attempted to overtake a line of traffic and the Corolla crashed into a BMW motorcar on the opposite side of the road.

The police reported that both motor vehicles were extensively damaged.

Lindsay, Salmon and Walters were trapped inside the Toyota Corolla, and had to be cut from the vehicle by firefighters.

They were later pronounced dead at hospital.

The driver and a passenger in the BMW motorcar reportedly received minor injuries, despite the extensive damage to the vehicle.

Later on Sunday, two persons succumbed to injuries they received in a vehicular collision along Bowens Road in Sheffield, Westmoreland.

The deceased are 29-year-old Demone Brown of a Hanover address and 16-year-old Roysha Buchanan of Kingsvale, also in Hanover.

Reports from the Negril police are that about 8:00 p.m., Brown was driving a Wassi motorcycle with Buchanan as a pillion from Savanna-la-Mar to Negril. On reaching a section of the roadway, he allegedly tried to overtake a Nissan Versa motorcar, into which the bike collided after first crashing into a Toyota Coaster bus travelling in the opposite direction.

After the collision, the motorcycle burst into flames.

Brown and Buchanan were taken to hospital, where they both died while being treated.

The fire department and the police were summoned to the crash scene, where cooling down operations were conducted and the scene was processed.

Two other men died as a result of injuries they received when the motor vehicle in which they were travelling crashed into a tree in the vicinity of Cedar Grove on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine on Monday.

Dead are 47-year-old Neil Lewis of a Tampa, Florida, USA address, and 51-year-old Donald Gillins of Chapman in St Elizabeth.

Reports from the Old Harbour police are that about 1:45 a.m., Lewis was driving a Toyota Tacoma motor truck with Gillins as passenger, when Lewis reportedly lost control of the motor vehicle and collided into a tree on the opposite side of the road. Both men sustained injuries and were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Separate investigations continue into the three fatal crashes.

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