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Vehicle accident at Fogarthy Hill draws attention to the need for its reconstruction


One vehicle accident

A one-vehicle accident occurred at the corner just past Soldier Ghaut traveling south, at the bottom of or the first corner up Fogarthy Hill, around 7.00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

The accident involved one vehicle M 2499, owned  and driven by an elderly female  with one other child occupant. According to a senior police official, who reportedly responded in very good time to the report of the accident, both occupants of the vehicle were rushed to the hospital, the driver said to be more seriously injured, but ‘not life threatening.’ The lady reportedly overnighted at the hospital before she was released the following day.

According to police reports the vehicle was travelling south, up Fogarthy Hill when it reportedly ‘picked up’ a skid on the  on the road which was wet, spun and hit the high bank on the right and toppled resulting in the road as seen in the photos shown with this story.

Police measure spot where vehicle overturned after hitting wall at left

It was only in our issue of May 28, TMR reported a spokes man for the Public Works Department when speaking about Road reconstruction works that were completed at Woodlands, because of frequent accidents on that road from accidents, said, “We are hoping to deal with Fogarthy under the ‘road surfacing project’.

It was also reported that the road reconstruction at Woodlands became urgent on the insistence of the Police Commissioner and the traffic department.

TMR also reported last year that that Fogarthy area was one of concern as there have been several accidents over the years in the area. Vehicle owners emphasise that this recent accident is more than reason enough for special effort be made to fix areas such as on Fogarthy, like Woodlands (Runaway Ghaut) road. The suggestion is offered that moneys should be taken from the Road Surfacing Project to prioritise such needs. “In fact,” one prominent citizen says, “at this time when cut backs are being made, the resurfacing of the road from Salem to St. John’s cannot be that urgent, so some the funds should be used to deal with road matters of urgency.”

When asked about any other similar project, the PWD official said Fogarthy is another troublesome area. “We are hoping to deal with Fogarthy under the ‘road surfacing project’” due to come on stream. He added that one of the delays in undertaking the Woodlands road reconstruction was due to the lack of funds and that the road-surfacing project should run from Salem to St. John’s.

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One vehicle accident

A one-vehicle accident occurred at the corner just past Soldier Ghaut traveling south, at the bottom of or the first corner up Fogarthy Hill, around 7.00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

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The accident involved one vehicle M 2499, owned  and driven by an elderly female  with one other child occupant. According to a senior police official, who reportedly responded in very good time to the report of the accident, both occupants of the vehicle were rushed to the hospital, the driver said to be more seriously injured, but ‘not life threatening.’ The lady reportedly overnighted at the hospital before she was released the following day.

According to police reports the vehicle was travelling south, up Fogarthy Hill when it reportedly ‘picked up’ a skid on the  on the road which was wet, spun and hit the high bank on the right and toppled resulting in the road as seen in the photos shown with this story.

Police measure spot where vehicle overturned after hitting wall at left

It was only in our issue of May 28, TMR reported a spokes man for the Public Works Department when speaking about Road reconstruction works that were completed at Woodlands, because of frequent accidents on that road from accidents, said, “We are hoping to deal with Fogarthy under the ‘road surfacing project’.

It was also reported that the road reconstruction at Woodlands became urgent on the insistence of the Police Commissioner and the traffic department.

TMR also reported last year that that Fogarthy area was one of concern as there have been several accidents over the years in the area. Vehicle owners emphasise that this recent accident is more than reason enough for special effort be made to fix areas such as on Fogarthy, like Woodlands (Runaway Ghaut) road. The suggestion is offered that moneys should be taken from the Road Surfacing Project to prioritise such needs. “In fact,” one prominent citizen says, “at this time when cut backs are being made, the resurfacing of the road from Salem to St. John’s cannot be that urgent, so some the funds should be used to deal with road matters of urgency.”

When asked about any other similar project, the PWD official said Fogarthy is another troublesome area. “We are hoping to deal with Fogarthy under the ‘road surfacing project’” due to come on stream. He added that one of the delays in undertaking the Woodlands road reconstruction was due to the lack of funds and that the road-surfacing project should run from Salem to St. John’s.