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Police worried by upsurge in crashes on Santa Cruz/Lacovia main road

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Monday, April 24, 2017    

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Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Local police are expressing extreme concern at an upsurge in fatal and other serious motor vehicle crashes on the main road from Santa Cruz to Lacovia since it was resurfaced a few months ago.

Police say three people have died on the four-mile stretch since December and there have been several other major accidents causing injuries and property damage.

The last fatality came on the night of April 14. Police say Richard Ellison of Leeds, three miles south of Santa Cruz, died after he lost control of his car which crashed into a wall at Park, a mile west of Santa Cruz.

Corporal Albert Simpson who has responsibility for traffic in Santa Cruz and surrounding areas told the Jamaica Observer Central that speeding and improper use of the road, including improper overtaking, are the main reasons for the upsurge in accidents.


“Not because the road surface is nice but people must learn to adhere to the speed limit and drive with care,” said Simpson.

The rehabilitated Santa Cruz to Lacovia main road forms part of a more than $300-million project, supervised by the National Works Agency, embracing the main road from Gutters to Lacovia, which links Mandeville through Santa Cruz to points west.

The roadway through Santa Cruz is almost complete while work on the stretch from the Grasmond Crossing to Pepper has been hampered as a result of pipe-laying by the National Water Commission as well as heavy rains.

— Garfield Myers

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