TEN people escaped serious injury yesterday following a crash involving four motor vehicles and a handcart along Spanish Town Road in Kingston.
Police report that about 1:00 pm, a taxi operator was travelling along the busy road when he lost control of his vehicle.
Adrian Edwards, a cart operator, said he narrowly escaped injury, but that his handcart was damaged in the accident.
"I was pushing my cart along the roadway when I heard a loud crash," said Edwards, noting that he only had enough time to jump out of the way leaving his cart to the mercy of the out-of-control vehicle.
He said the car slammed into his cart and then into another vehicle. Edwards said the accident caused a 'trailer truck' that was travelling in the opposite direction to crash into the side of a third car that was in front of the two banged-up vehicles. The trailer, however, did not stop.
The incident caused a traffic pile-up in the area.
Meanwhile, a team of police from West Kingston were criticised over their handling of the accident.
Among those expressing displeasure was Edwards, who demanded compensation for his damaged cart.
"Right now, mi not pleased. Imagine the accident happened and I told the police about my concern and he just brushed me aside as if my matter not important," he complained.
A woman who was driving one of the vehicles that were hit by the taxi expressed similar concerns.
"Right now, I feel I am getting the runaround following the crash. I enquired about how to get in touch with the owner of the vehicle, who is believed to be responsible for the accident, and was given two contact numbers that did not work," the woman said.