Death rides Spring Hill main road

Death rides Spring Hill main road

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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SPRING HILL, Trelawny – Two men were killed in a motor vehicle accident on the Spring Hill main road here in Trelawny, Thursday afternoon.

The deceased have been identified as 52-year-old cabinet maker, Constantine James, also called “Connie”, of Goodwill, St James, and 31-year-old businessman, Mervin Douglas, alias “Dougie”, of Florence Hall, also in Trelawny.

The Falmouth police reported that about 3:30 Thursday afternoon James lost control of his Toyota Corolla motor car while travelling along the Spring Hill main road, ran off the road and slammed into the rear of a truck parked on the soft shoulder in the vicinity of the Coral Spring housing scheme.

James and Douglas, who was a passenger, were trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters.

They sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Falmouth Public General Hospital where they were both pronounced dead.

Head of the Trelawny Police Division Deputy Superintendent Winston Milton yesterday appealed to motorists to use their seat belts and drive within the designated speed limit.

The police officers said from observations the two occupants of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts.

“The steering wheel was extensively damaged by the driver’s chest which would have caused damage to organs in his chest cavity and that could have been avoided had he been wearing his seat belt. The cockpit of the vehicle on the inside is still in a pristine condition, other than for the steering wheel. But he went forward and made contact with the steering wheel,” Milton said.

The roof of the motor vehicle on the passenger’s side caved in, he said.

– Horace Hines

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