Head of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Kenute Hare, has described Montego Bayâs âElegant Corridorâ as one of the most dangerous road networks in Jamaica.
âThe Elegant Corridor is a problem area. From Lilliput straight to the (Sangster International) airport roundabout,â Hare told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday, hours after 25-year-old Sheldon Hylton and 24-year-old Odaine Smith died when they were thrown from the car in which they were travelling.
That followed Friday nightâs crash that claimed the lives of siblings Chadwick Robinson and Miguel Mills near the Hospiten Hospital in Rose Hall.
âFrom my experience, whenever I am driving along that Elegant Corridor, I tremble. It is with great trepidation that I traverse that road because the way in which people drive in St James, I have never seen that type of driving anywhere else in Jamaica,â he said.
The road safety expert said some drivers completely disregard road traffic rules in that area.
Hylton and Smith were in a Nissan Tiida, being driven by a friend, when on reaching the Queenâs Drive area near the Sangster International Airport, the car skidded and the driver lost control before it crashed into a post.
âThe driver lost control of the vehicle as a result of loose debris from the heavy rains last Friday night. The driver hit the milepost directional sign, rode the embankment, and shot through the âWelcome to Montego Bayâ sign,â said an alleged eyewitness.
âThree persons were thrown out of the vehicle, two on the grassy area where the sign is and one in the middle of the road,â he said, adding that he could not muster the courage to go across the road to assist the injured.
The driver and the other passenger were taken to hospital where they remained admitted up to press time last night.
Several residents of Montego Bay yesterday charged that the uneven surface of the elegant corridor was the cause of some of the collisions along the roadway.
A section of the road near the Half Moon Shopping Village heading towards Montego Bay has sunk, causing serious challenges for unsuspecting drivers.
But Hare said while the road is indeed dangerous, he has found that some motorists ignore the rules of the road when travelling along the Elegant Corridor, sometimes running traffic lights with impunity.
According to Hare, his unit has been embarking on a number of initiatives to educate persons on accident prevention in western Jamaica, which includes St James.