PHARMACIST Rolly Bhawansingh believes his father, who died two years ago, was watching over him the day his car careened off the highway and landed in the Guayamare River in central Trinidad.
And he has thanked the two men who risked their own lives by jumping into the river to rescue him.
Bhawansingh, 47, escaped serious injury and was examined at Eric Williams Medical Complex. He said however that he would remain with mental scars to last a lifetime.
“I keep having images of the accident in my mind. I am feeling a bit shaky. I get flashbacks at nights and I get up cold sweating. I don’t think I can forget that,” he said.
Bhawansingh was driving a red Toyota Corolla south along the Uriah Butler Highway around 2.40 p.m. last Friday, when he lost control of the car and plunged into the water.
Bhawansingh recalled the crash in a telephone interview from his Warrenville home yesterday.
“I finished work at the Caura Hospital at 2 p.m and I was heading towards Chaguanas. I was going to the bank, because I had some problems receiving my salary. I was on the extreme right lane. There was a brownish Subaru that came across from the middle lane to my lane. I couldn’t press the brakes on time because there was a car close behind me. I pulled across on the right side which was on the shoulder and I thought he would have moved forward so I can get back on the road, but he didn’t,” he said.
Bhawansingh said he recalled hitting a steel railing near the Guayamare River and the car began spinning. “I hit the iron railing and I was up in the air. That was the last thing I remembered. People told me the car start to spin and when the car spun I hit my head on the iron post. I was unconscious. I don’t recall anything about being in the water and the rescue,” he said.
Bhawansingh, of Warren Road, Cunupia, said he regained consciousness in the ambulance on his way to the hospital. “At the hospital they did normal checks, the X-ray and CT scan to see if there were any internal bleeding or broken bones. Everything is okay. I have some neck and back pain, but I am home now,” he said.
Bhawansingh said his father’s second death anniversary was on the day after the accident. “My mother would have been distraught to lose her husband and son in such a short space of time,” he said.
Bhawansingh is employed as a pharmacist with the Ministry of Health. “So I am at different locations. Four days I am in Caura, then alternating clinic at Eric Williams (hospital), and one day, Friday, at Caura Hospital,” he said.
Bhawansingh’s mother, Gangadaye Bhawansingh, visited the rescuers – cousins Ganesh and Shiv Bansraj – at the weekend.
“My mom went and looked for the men on Saturday. She wanted to thank them for doing what they did. I also want to go myself to thank them but I am not feeling myself, so as soon as I feel better I will go. They didn’t have to dive in to save me, but they did,” he said.
Bhawansingh advised that motorists to be cautious when driving on the nation’s roads.
“I was not speeding. I want people to learn to drive for other people because people drive so inconsiderately. That was the whole reason for this accident. You have to think about other people on the road. Take your time and be safe on the road,” he said.