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Close call for SUV driver


Close call for SUV driver

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A St Lucy man is today counting his lucky stars following an accident on the Ronald Mapp Highway yesterday.

Jefferson Hinds, of Pie Corner, was the lone occupant in the SUV travelling north along The Rock, St Peter, when he struck an embankment and the car flipped. It came to a stop, wedged in Warleigh Bridge along the highway.

Hinds was trapped in the vehicle and had to be assisted by passers-by Davey Forde and a visitor to the island who witnessed the accident.

“I was driving past and I saw the car push up here on a side and a tourist was standing looking. I told him I just passed here. I got out and I saw him down in the car and was still strapped in,” Forde related.

“I told him not to move and I asked him if he could move his feet. I told him not to release his seatbelt because I wanted a chance to assess how he was before I moved him . . . . I called another gentleman, he got up on top and the tourist and I went in and lifted him out.”

Hinds, who complained of pain about the body and had to be assisted by friends while walking, was assessed by ambulance personnel on the scene and questioned by police.

The incident occurred around 11:55 a.m. and attracted the attention of many curious onlookers who enquired about the driver’s condition. (DB)