One dead in horror smash

Police have reopened the Esterley Tibbetts Highway following a horrific vehicle collision this afternoon that left one man dead and two others in serious conditions.


Photo: Jewel Levy

The driver of a black BMW M3 coupe died at the scene after colliding with an flatbed truck that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Eyewitness said the driver of the BMW seemed to have been badly injured in the crash and may have been dead when fire engulfed his vehicle minutes later.

Another witness that arrived on the scene shortly after said the BMW’s accelerator seemed stuck down and was revving at a high rate before the fire broke out.

Two men travelling in the flatbed truck pleaded for help from their vehicle before a paramedic on the scene managed to help them escape just as the fire spread.

The men were treated at the scene before being rushed by ambulance to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where they are said to be conscious and talking.

The crash occurred around 12.40pm a few hundred feet north of the Butterfield Bank roundabout entrance to the highway.

Traffic chaos in the area followed after police closed the road from both directions to clear debris and investigate the accident.

The road was reopened by 5pm, although debris from the accident was still visible to drivers returning home from work Tuesday evening.

Police are yet to formally name the deceased man, although they have acknowledged he was a foreign national.

The collision is under investigation by the traffic management unit and officers are requesting that anyone who witnessed the collision contact them at the traffic office on 946-6254.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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