The car plunged several hundred feed from Coulls Hill to Troumaca Bottom. (IWN photo)

The car that plunged over a cliff in North Leeward Sunday night resulting in the deaths of three persons attempted to overtake another vehicle moments earlier, witnesses tell I-Witness News.

“A car was in front and he was trying to pass back the other car that was in front of them,” Coulls Hill resident Princess Anderson told I-Witness News Sunday night.

Ann-Mary Anderson, left, and Princess Anderson witnessed the incident. (IWN photo)
Ann-Mary Anderson, left, and Princess Anderson witnessed the incident. (IWN photo)

Police are yet to issue a statement on the tragedy, but Elson Crick, Communications Consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister said in an email to the media on Monday that the deceased are George Johnson, 89, Venola Ollivierre (also known as Icylma Johnson), 65, and Denzil Johnson, 22, all of Spring Village.

Two other persons, Kemral Williams, 24, said to be the driver of the vehicle, and Neville Charles, 45, have been hospitalised. Williams is at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and, and Charles at the Chateaubelair Health Centre, Crick said.

A group of men stand in the area in Coulls Hill where the car plunged over a cliff at a section of the road with a broken retaining wall. (IWN photo0
A group of men stand in the area in Coulls Hill where the car plunged over a cliff at a section of the road with a broken retaining wall. (IWN photo0

Reports are that the occupants of the car were returning to Spring Village from Chateaubelair, where they attended the funeral of a relative, Shardine Monica Johnson, who was murdered in that North Leeward town earlier this month.

Witnesses say that the car, PT505, was travelling south toward Spring Village when it plunged over the cliff, landing on the road hundreds of feet below in Troumaca Bottom.

Ann-Mary Anderson, a resident of Coulls Hill, told I-Witness News that she was sitting on a wall when the incident occurred.

Funeral home employees remove one of the bodies from along the embankment. (IWN photo)
Funeral home employees remove one of the bodies from along the embankment. (IWN photo)

She said the car was travelling (south) towards Coulls Hill behind another vehicle, while a third vehicle was travelling (north) towards Troumaca.

She said the car attempted to overtake then stopped when it came upon the vehicle that was travelling north.

The car reversed a little then went over the embankment, she told I-Witness News.

Princess Anderson related a similar report to I-Witness News, saying, “And the car that turned over, it was behind and then like it try to overtake the car that was coming up and then it go over the bank.”

Police and other first responders, along with onlookers at the scene Sunday night. (IWN photo)
Police and other first responders, along with onlookers at the scene Sunday night. (IWN photo)

The women said they notified other villagers and rushed to the scene, where they met three persons lying in the road.

“When I go down there, I meet the boy in the road and then I meet a woman and a man by the drain side and then I tell them look somebody else in the bush,” Princess told I-Witness News.

A male died in the bushes along the bank side.

The car landed on the road in Troumaca Bottom after plunging over a cliff in Coulls Hill hundreds of feet above. (IWN photo)
The car landed on the road in Troumaca Bottom after plunging over a cliff in Coulls Hill hundreds of feet above. (IWN photo)

The women said they summoned the police and ambulance, which responded and transported the injured to the hospital, where one person later died.

The witnesses called on the authorities to fix the retaining wall along the road where the accident occurred, noting that a woman who had returned from Barbados for a funeral last year died when the vehicle in which she was travelling went over the same embankment.

“The road need to fix. It want [a] back wall because if they nah put back wall, them go get more death,” Ann-Mary told I-Witness News.

Police, first responders and onlookers converge on the scene of the fatal accident Sunday night. (IWN photo)
Police, first responders and onlookers converge on the scene of the fatal accident Sunday night. (IWN photo)
The witnesses were sitting on this wall in Coulls Hill when the incident occurred. (IWN photo)
The witnesses were sitting on this wall in Coulls Hill when the incident occurred. (IWN photo)

2 replies on “Car tried to overtake before plunging over cliff, killing 3 — witnesses”

  1. TeacherFang says:

    R.I.P to the deceased. Let me preface this rant by saying, it would appear that wutless driving seem to be a factor in this tragedy and if this is the case, the driver should be held accountable and face whatever bulwood that is coming his way from the courts. HOWEVER!

    Another tragedy on our roads. Are we going to have another political arranged funeral for mass consumption and the offerings of many “gift” to the families of the deceased? Are we going to hear the many lamentations from both political parties on promises to fix the roads? We are building a multi-million airport; we spent millions on Ottley Hall under the previous Administration and we are planning to spend millions on future projects; when are we going to address the infrastructure of the roads in Vincyland as a major priority and not some side issue for political expediency? How many more lives have to be tragically cut short before we address AND FIX the hazardous conditions of our roads?

    Let the ole talk begin from those seeking our votes…its a pity the electorate is so easily swayed by these charlatans or otherwise we will hold the Government and those representatives accountable for these unfortunate and unavoidable deaths. For too long the politicians have taken us for granted and we the people, like sheep to the slaughter, have stood idly by as the politicians fleeced us with impunity over and over again.

    WE LIKE IT SO…

  2. C. ben-David says:

    The real hazzard, as you say at the start, are the worthless drivers, so why do you go to blame the condition of the roads and the government?

    In SVG, better roads mean more careless driving which means more deaths. I rest my case.

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