Saturday, February 17, 2018

US citizen crushed by truck during POS Carnival

A US citizen died after being crushed under the wheels of a truck during the Canival in Port of Spain on Monday.

It prompted a warning from the police advising masqueraders and spectators to remain a safe distance away from music trucks and heavy vehicles.

The 77-year-old man, visiting from Florida, died when he got caught under the wheels of a Mazda three ton truck, carrying ice, which was reversing in the vicinity of Victoria Square, Port of Spain, around 1p.m.

According to the police, in an earlier incident, a 30-year-old woman of Powder Magazine, Diego Martin, was treated at the Port of Spain General Hospital, after falling off a truck transporting portable toilets, around 7:30 am today at Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

Drivers with permits for heavy vehicles and other types of vehicles, authorized to provide transport on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, are reminded of the requirements of the permits when they were granted, the police said.

"The operators of these vehicles must ensure there is no risk to public safety when engaging or driving their vehicles. Masqueraders are advised to maintain a safe distance from moving vehicles at all times and should avoid assuming precarious or dangerous positions on music trucks when in motion".