Thursday 19 September, 2019

Three road deaths in Westmoreland on Labour Day

The carnage on the nation's roads continued on Thursday, with three separate fatal crashes resulting in three deaths in the parish of Westmoreland on what was marked as Labour Day.

The three deceased, all of Westmoreland addresses, have been identified as 49-year-old Devon Morrison of Shrewsbury; 21-year-old Andrae Daley of Bartley Street, Savanna-la-Mar; and 20-year-old Odain Morgan of Hartford.

The deaths of the three pushed road fatalities in the parish to 16 since the start of the year.

Two of the Labour Day casualties died as a result of injuries they sustained during motorcycle crashes.

The first occurred about 6:30 a.m. when Morgan lost control of a motorcycle he was driving along the Cave main road in the parish, and collided into a fence. He sustained injuries and died on the spot.

About four hours later, Morrison was driving his motorcycle along a section of the Hartford main road, when he was reportedly hit down by a motor vehicle from behind. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Then at about 3:30 p.m., Daley received injuries after a minibus he was travelling in along the Ferris main road, overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

He died on the spot.

According to statistics from the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport, there were 383 road fatalities in 2018, making it the bloodiest year on the roads over the last 15 years. There were 391 road deaths in 2003, and 382 in 2015.

Westmoreland notably had the highest number of road deaths among the parishes nationally in 2018, with 49.

A significant number of those who perished on the roadways in Westmoreland last year were motorcyclists.

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