Update #2: Police have reported that the Esterley Tibbetts Highway reopened early Tuesday afternoon.
Update: The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed the
woman killed in Tuesday morning’s accident is a relative of a serving
A woman died and a man was arrested following a collision involving a box truck and a van early Tuesday morning that closed a portion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway between the Camana Bay and Butterfield roundabouts.
The female driver of the Hyundai died at the scene, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Police arrested the uninjured male driver of the Nissan box truck on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and suspicion of DUI.
At about 6.07am, the box truck, which was travelling toward George Town, collided with the Hyundai van, which was travelling toward West Bay, according to police.
The scene of the wreck was on the west side of the one-lane highway, just north of the Paddington storage property.
The white box truck lay on its left side in the west shoulder of the road facing north. The truck sustained damage to its right front. The steering wheel is on the left hand side.
The gray van, which had taxi licence plates, lay across the west lane of the road, facing east. The right front end of the van is demolished.
The closure of the section of the highway caused cars to be rerouted to West Bay Road and slowed traffic considerably during the morning rush hour.
Police said they will provide further updates later.