Saturday, February 17, 2018

Two killed in road accidents

Trini grandmother dies on Air Jamaica flight

Two men were killed in separate car accidents yesterday in East Trinidad.

Conrad James, 59, of Arima was killed when he lost control of his station wagon as he was driving East along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway near Arima around 4 p.m. yesterday.

James was trapped in the car. His wife, Natasha James- a fire officer- arrived at the scene of the accident later yesterday.

Earlier, around 7 a.m., Alex Lynch of Vega de Oropouche also died after his car collided with a garbage truck in East Trinidad.

And an 83-year-old woman, a Trinidad resident, died on an Air Jamaica flight yesterday morning.

The woman who was accompanied by her daughter and her granddaughter on the flight was on her way to visit another daughter in St Martin to celebrate Mother’s Day.

A report out of Barbados I-Witness News, yesterday stated that the elderly woman is believed to have died  “during Air Jamaica flight BW456 from Port of Spain to Bridgetown, Barbados between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.”

I-Witness News spoke to a passenger on the same flight who said: “The woman complained of chest pains and flight attendants made an announcement for any medical professional on board to identify themselves.

“A doctor was on board and attended to the lady, and later commented ‘she is gone’, meaning that the woman had died.”

The report added that the passenger who spoke with the woman said she seemed “happy and excited to go and see her daughter”.

Air Jamaica is part of State carrier Caribbean Airlines.

When contacted for comment on the issue yesterday CAL’s corporate communications manager Clint Williams confirmed the incident.

He added that the woman had a medical situation and was attended to by a medical doctor who was on the flight but when they arrived in Barbados she was unresponsive and so her body remained on the plane until the coroner arrived to pronounce her dead.

“Her relatives who were with her were accommodated in Barbados and the other relative from St Martin is being flown to Barbados,” he added.