Woman injured after skidding off roundabout

A woman was injured on Saturday when her Jeep Liberty flipped over after skidding out of control at the Island Heritage roundabout on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. 

The 48-year-old woman was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment. 

Police received a report of the accident at 2.15 p.m. and police, fire and medical personnel attended the scene, said Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Chief Inspector Raymond Christian.  

The woman had to be pulled from the wreckage after smashing into the left of a steel road barrier and flipping the jeep over on its roof, he said.  

“The fire personnel extricated the driver from the vehicle who was transported to the George Town hospital by ambulance. She sustained bumps to her forehead,” Mr. Christian said.  

“The vehicle received extensive damages to its roof, bumpers, trunk, and its hood,” he added.  

The Island Heritage roundabout has been the scene of several accidents in recent years, including one less than a month ago when another Jeep skidded off the road and also ended upon its roof. 

Sam Small, civil engineer at SEL Consulting, recently said the design of the roundabout could be the reason it is accident prone, especially in wet conditions. 

The roundabout is engineered with an adverse camber, meaning the gradient is higher on the inside than on the outside. An adverse camber can lead drivers to be drawn to the edge of the road which can cause accidents, according to Mr. Small. 

Earlier on Saturday, at 4.46 a.m., police responded to another accident in which two vehicles were involved. Police said a 25-year-old female driver was arrested for driving under the influence.  

She was bailed following her arrest. Both drivers and a female passenger were taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital where they were treated and later released. 

The accident happened just outside Amelia’s Kitchen in Crewe Road in George Town. 

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A Jeep Liberty flipped over after skidding on the Island Heritage roundabout on Saturday. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT