A man who claimed to have witnessed yesterday's crash said one motorist heading to Kingston was in the process of overtaking another vehicle when it hit the back of a garbage truck that was going in the same direction. The out-of-control vehicle then spun around and hit the one it was attempting to overtake.
Both vehicles, the man claimed, then hit the concrete barrier before slamming into a hearse and another vehicle. Head of the Police Traffic and Highway Division Superintendent Courtney Coubrie said the accident, which happened about 2:00 pm, took place on the newly built stretch of Mandela Highway, which is being upgraded to accommodate six lanes of traffic.
Coubrie, who was unable to state what could have caused the accident, said the unidentified woman was thrown from the vehicle and died on the spot.
“Don't be distracted when you driving that stretch of road. Look steadfast ahead of you and drive carefully until you clear that stretch. I believe distraction has a lot to do with some of these things,” he said, adding that some motorists travel at excessive speeds, especially on the west-bound side of the dual carriageway. “Cut your speed considerably when approaching that area,” Coubrie pleaded.