‘It was carnage at crash site,’ says witness

  • Crash scene: a car flipped and hitting a wall on Middle Road, near Whitney Institute, Smith’s, leaving six people requiring medical treatment (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Crash scene: a car flipped and hitting a wall on Middle Road, near Whitney Institute, Smith’s, leaving six people requiring medical treatment (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A witness has described the “carnage” as she helped in the aftermath of a crash in which six people were injured on Monday night.

The woman recalled seeing an overturned car, a man stumbling in the road and several bodies, including a young woman lying near the centre of the road with a severe injury to an arm.

She told The Royal Gazette’s Drive for Change campaign: “Because it was dark and raining I didn’t see it until I was right on it. It was so surreal — the only way I can describe it is carnage. It was horrific.”

The crash happened on Middle Road, Smith’s, near Whitney Institute, when the car hit a wall and flipped over at about 10.20pm. The driver, a 25-year-old Warwick man, was arrested under suspicion of impaired driving. He remained in police custody yesterday after being treated for injuries, but was released on bail today, pending further inquiries.

One 18-year-old female passenger was in a stable condition in the intensive care unit of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, and another 18-year-old female passenger was stable and expected to be admitted to a general ward.

A 19-year-old male passenger, described as stable, was being moved to a general ward, and two male passengers, aged 25 and 27, were treated and discharged from the hospital.

The witness, a mother of two who asked not to be named, was driving her car east along Middle Road when she was one of the first on the scene.

She said: “The first thing I saw was a vision of a male who was kind of staggering around, and I could see blood on his arm and face. It started to connect that there had been a severe automobile accident. The car was upside down and I could see bodies — I saw the young lady in the middle of the road.

“I spent a lot of time with her. She had been thrown a couple of feet from the car and was lying in the centre of the road.

“There was another young lady who was trapped in the back. I could see her through the back window because it was gone. The other two gentlemen were in the car as I parked and ran to the car and do my best to survey the scene.”

As she could not use her mobile phone, the witness asked local residents to call an ambulance. She said her main focus was the injured girl in the road.

“The young lady in the road was just saying ‘please help me, please help me’. There was blood everywhere — it was mixing with the rain and the oil. We had some towels and I put my jacket on her to keep her warm.”

She said she was “truly relieved” when first responders arrived.

“I was worried that this poor child was going to bleed to death. You sort of go into autopilot and I think being a mother really helped me.

“Somebody had got an umbrella — one lady was literally praying over her because her injuries were so horrific.

“I was trying to get her to stabilise her breathing and keep her eyes open and stay focused. You have to stay calm. Myself and two other ladies worked as a team.”

The crash left both lanes blocked and littered with debris near Flatts Post Office, as police processed the scene for several hours.

The overturned car was badly damaged and has been impounded by police. A section of wall was knocked down along the southern verge of Middle Road and a light pole at the pedestrian crossing was also damaged.

Witnesses should call police on 295-0011.

UPDATE This article was amended to say that the driver of the car was released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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