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Man, 32, dies in smash-up

By RALPH BANWARIE Monday, December 23 2013

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Deadly drive: Anthony Wade (INSET) died when the Mazda pick-up truck he was driving crashed into a Bedford truck parked along the Eastern Main Road, V...
Deadly drive: Anthony Wade (INSET) died when the Mazda pick-up truck he was driving crashed into a Bedford truck parked along the Eastern Main Road, V...

Anthony Wade, an employee of SM Jaleel Co Ltd, died on the spot after he crashed into a truck parked on the roadside along the Eastern Main Road, Valencia, near the village of St Albans, on Saturday afternoon.

Police report at about 3.55 pm, Wade, driving west in a company Mazda pick-up truck, was overtaking a car when the driver pulled out of the line of traffic in a bid to pulled ahead of the vehicle in front.

Wade, 32, of Local Road, Tableland, swerved to avoid hitting the car, but slammed into a Bedford truck parked on the side of the eastern-bound lane. The force of the impact pushed the Bedford truck from where it was parked, as Wade’s vehicle became impaled on the driver’s side. Police said he died on the spot from a broken neck and internal injuries.

Sangre Grande fire officers had to use the “jaws of life” to cut the Mazda in order to remove Wade’s body from the wreck. No one else was injured. District medical officer Dr Nizeinma viewed Wade’s body and ordered it be taken to the mortuary of the Sangre Grande District Hospital. ASP Neville Sankar led a team of officers, including Cpl Pamela Persad and PC Ravi Babwah, to the accident site.

Sankar said the accident was an example of how some drivers overtake without caution, noting maxi taxi drivers, and those driving eight-seater vehicles, had a tendency to be reckless when attempting to pull ahead of traffic where there is build up along the Eastern Main Road to the Valencia traffic lights.

The senior policeman encouraged passengers to caution drivers when they are driving dangerously, and if ignored to ask the drivers to stop and get out of the vehicles for their own safety. “More accidents can occur if these reckless drivers fail to refrain from this dangerous driving,” he said.

Sankar assured police patrols would be increased along this stretch and warned errant drivers they would be arrested if caught breaking the law.

Sgt Peters of the Sangre Grande Traffic Branch is continuing inquiries into the fatal accident.

Wade was one of two men who died in car accidents on Saturday. Earlier, at about 5 am, Brian Bruce, 26, of Mon Repos Road, Morvant, died in an accident that occurred near the Grand Bazaar Mall in Valsayn. Three others were injured.

Also on Saturday evening, several persons were seriously injured in an accident that occurred on the west bound-lane of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in St Augustine, opposite St Augustine Girls’ High School. There were no fatalities.

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