Cop miraculously escapes death in motor vehicle mishap

Cop miraculously escapes death in motor vehicle mishap


Thursday, May 23, 2019

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LIMA, St James — Veteran police officer Deputy Superintendent Alwyn Brown is counting his blessings after he narrowly escaped death or serious injury when the motor vehicle he was driving veered off the Lima main road in St James, and ended up with its rear wheels hanging precariously over a gully.

The near-death accident occurred within six hours of a motor vehicle collision involving National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang in Kingston on Wednesday, May 15.

According to reports, at about 12:20 pm, Brown, who was travelling from work in the parish of Westmoreland, which is under a state of public emergency, fell asleep at the wheel on the usually busy stretch.

He was heading to his Bunker's Hill, Trelawny, home after completing a 14-hour shift.

It is reported that Deputy Superintendent Brown lost control of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, which veered from the left-hand side of the road -way, to the right.

The vehicle collided with a nearby perimeter wall and concrete utility pole before it came to a halt inches from the gully. Deputy Superintendent Brown later emerged from the vehicle unscathed.

The vehicle suffered minor damage. “The incident may have resulted from fatigue and physical exhaustion,” a policeman who claimed he was at the scene of the accident, told the Jamaica Observer West.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent Brown, who described the incident as a “frightening experience”, is warning motorists against operating a vehicle when they are feeling sleepy.

“In the event that motorists are driving and feeling sleepy, they should not supress the desire, but instead should find a safe place and take a nap,” said the veteran cop.

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