Police are investigating whether a single vehicle crash and a five vehicle crash, which happened within minutes of one another at Spotts yesterday, were linked.
At around 12.25pm a Honda Civic heading along Shamrock Rd. carrying a female driver and two young children slammed into a power pole, breaking it at its base. Paramedics took all three to hospital in stable conditions.
Several minutes later, with police already on site at the first crash, a dump-truck heading West, loaded with marl, collided with a pick-up truck heading the other way. The dump-truck then collided with a Nissan car, a Honda SUV and a fifth vehicle before coming to a rest. The fifth vehicle-believed to be a Toyota van-left the scene before police could interview its driver. They are now appealing to this driver to come forward to assist them with their investigations.
No-one suffered serious injury in the second crash and no charges have been laid over either incident.
Acting Superintendent Courtney Myles of the RCIPS Traffic Management Department said the driver of the dump-truck is assisting police with its investigation. Police are carrying out forensic traffic investigations on the dump-truck and accident re-constructionists are also investigating the incidents.
Utility workers made temporary repairs to the broken power pole and will replace it as a more convenient time, it is understood.
Mr. Myles said it was too early to say whether the accidents were related. ‘I’ve been here going on 32 years and I haven’t seen one like this before.’
A police officer travelling in one of the vehicles that the dump-truck collided with suffered a minor shoulder injury, believed to be caused by his seat-belt holding him in place. ‘If he had not been wearing that seat-belt I am sure he would have suffered more serious injuries, or even been killed,’ Mr. Myles said.
Noting that the RCIPS continue to dole out traffic infringements for those that didn’t buckle-up, Mr. Myles said ‘we are appealing to drivers to wear seat-belts because they can be life saving.’
An investigation to determine what happened is under way and officers would like anyone who was in the area at the time who has yet to speak to a police officer to contact the Traffic Management Unit on 946-6254.