Overtaking may have caused wreck

A head-on collision on the Esterley Tibbetts highway Friday night sent several people to hospital and forced police to close down a section of the road.

The scene of the accident on Friday night.

The scene of the accident on Friday night. Photo: Basia Pioro

Royal Cayman Islands Police officers on the scene of the wreck said it appeared a Honda Civic driving south-bound attempted to pass another vehicle and crashed head-on into a Nissan driving in the north-bound lane.

The crash happened just after 7pm along the two lane section of the Esterley between the Camana Bay roundabout and the North Sound Road roundabout.

It was the same section of road which saw an overtaking accident in November that killed 39-year-old Shaney Tania Bar-On of Australia.

Five people were hospitalised following Friday night’s crash. Police said there were four females in the Civic and one person who was driving the Nissan.

Their conditions were not immediately available but police described their injuries as serious, including some broken bones, lacerations and chest injuries.

No arrests had been made immediately following the crash.

Motorists passing the scene just after the wreck occurred said they saw several people “laid out” on the ground near the vehicles while emergency crews tended to them.

Compass reporter Basia Pioro contributed to this story