The truck driver pinned inside a tanker truck that overturned along the Uriah Butler Highway (UBH) and caused a five hour long traffic nightmare on Wednesday suffered no broken bones and remains in stable condition at hospital.
Rajendra Maharaj, 23, was taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility and then transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital.
Maharaj, an employee of Fyzabad-based API Pipeline Construction Ltd, was transporting water to a construction site along the Diego Martin Highway when the accident occurred. His co-worker, API’s on-board safety officer Adrian Le Guerre suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Chaguanas Health Facility and discharged.
An API official said Maharaj’s injuries were not life threatening and he was in stable condition at hospital.
Maharaj, of Mendez Village, Siparia was driving north along the highway, near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, along the middle of the three-lane highway when a front tyre blew out around 10.30 a.m. The truck swerved to the right lane and collided with a Toyota Vigo Hilux van driven by Nazir Mohammed, of Valsayn.
The truck overturned and came to a stop across the south-bound lanes, police said. Mohammed was also treated at hospital and allowed to go home.
The crash caused gridlock traffic along the north and south bound lanes for several hours. The traffic was so thick that the National Security Ministry issued an alert Wednesday afternoon advising that the Priority Bus Route would be opened for use by all.
Police said Maharaj was trapped inside the mangled truck cab and was rescued by fire officers. The vehicles were removed from the roadway around 1.30 p.m. and taken to the Chaguanas Police Station.