Broken pieces of glass, police caution tape and a towel soaked in blood were just some of the remnants following an accident Sunday evening involving members of the Defence Force rugby team at Turpin Bend in Charlotteville, Tobago.
Environmentalist Patricia Turpin, who lives at Charlotteville Estate, which is owned by the Turpins, said the incident has left her traumatized and in shock.
The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, at the entrance of her driveway. Turpin said she heard a loud crash and within minutes a young man dripping blood rushed into her home.
"I was just about to go out my back door when a young man rushed to the door and came inside. He said he needed help desperately. When he came into the living room he was bleeding from the head," Turpin said.
While she called the police, she said it took a while before ambulance and other emergency officials arrived on the scene.
The area in the vicinity of Turpin Bend has no street lights and Turpin had to use her torch light to assist the injured, along with fellow villagers.
"We went running out the road. My eyes could not believe what I was seeing. I mean there was one man lying on my driveway and there were several people pinned under the truck," Turpin said.
The accident has highlighted the lack of street lights in the area , as well as no resident ambulance in the village of Charlotteville and that the Charlotteville Health Centre only opens Monday to Friday.
"The Charlotteville Health Centre was supposed to have been built to accommodate people at night time and for patients to be hospitalised, it would act like that. Today the Health Centre houses TEMA officials, customs, department of health, and the department of social services, immigration and customs," said Turpin.
This is not the first time Turpin Bend has been the site of tragedy, as back in June, 2010 three Tobagonians died when the car in which they were driving flipped over the cliff and plunged 100 feet down the roadway.
A black and yellow barrier has since been installed at the spot by the Works Division in Tobago, but villagers are not happy with the slow pace of getting the bend fixed.