Photos: BPS Vehicle Crashes Over Embankment

January 9, 2015

[Updated with photos + video] At approximately 1.15pm today [Jan 9] a police officer was involved in a collision in Southampton, which resulted in a police land cruiser ending up off the road over an embankment, and the officer having to be extricated out of the vehicle.

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A police spokesperson said, “Around 1:15pm police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision that took place on South Road in Southampton resulting in a police land cruiser ending up off the road over an embankment.

“The male officer was extricated out of his vehicle with the assistance of members of the community and taken to KEMH via ambulance where he is being treated for his injures

“Police would like to thank members of the public who came to the officer’s aid,” added the spokesperson. “Police are appealing for witnesses to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011.”


Update 2.16pm: The areas from Horseshoe Bay Road to Lighthouse Hill have been closed off temporarily while traffic collision investigators process the scene, and motorists traveling in the area will be diverted.

Update 4.09pm: The Department of Public Transportation said they “would like to advise the public that as a result of a road traffic collision on South Road in Southampton, near Horseshoe Bay Road and Lighthouse Hill, buses that travel on route 7 are experiencing delays.”

Update 4.53pm: The police said the officer was treated at KEMH and later discharged. The full police statement is below.

Around 1:15pm on Friday, January 9th police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision that took place on South Road in Southampton near the junction with Horseshoe Road resulting in a police Land Cruiser ending up off the road over an embankment.

The male officer driving at the time was extricated out of his vehicle with the assistance of members of the community and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he was treated and later discharged.

Police would like to thank those members of the public who came to the officer’s aid.

The section of South Road where the incident occurred has been cordoned off until further notice while traffic collision investigators examine the scene.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011.

Update 5.06pm: The vehicle has just been removed, video/photos added below.

Police jeep Bermuda, January 9 2015-5

Police jeep Bermuda, January 9 2015-4

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Police jeep Bermuda, January 9 2015-1

Update 5.25pm: A police spokesperson said, “The section of South Road, Southampton near Horseshoe Road where a police vehicle went over an embankment earlier this afternoon has now been re-opened to normal traffic flow. The Bermuda Police Service appreciates the patience and cooperation of the motoring public who were temporarily inconvenienced.”

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  1. inna says:

    LOl this one is gonna be good… popcorn is popping!

    • The safety of the officer is more important then smart OX stupidity,it is good to hear that his injuries was not as bad as the wreck, judging by the extent of the damages.

    • Buckindatrend says:

      What an ***+hole of a thing to say.

  2. Frustrated Motorist says:


  3. Bubbles says:

    Wow, hope the officer is okay.. Still trying to figure out how on earth you end up over the embankment!?

    • KimmyImmy says:

      Dat bie was setting up radar down dea’trying give errbody a sportn’ chance bie chooks

      • Bubbles says:

        Maybe he was trying to go on a safari ride, or perhaps too much Call of Duty before his shift

  4. Naive Observer says:

    Hope the officer is OK.

  5. somuchless says:

    I guess they forgot about their own campaign, sheesh or this driver didn’t get the memo. So much for setting an example.

    • Anne says:

      The police need to take their own advice. Not saying it happened here, but many a time a police vehicle has been speeding when not even responding to an emergency. When members of the public complain about police and their speed, the response is that the officers are ‘highly trained’ to travel at high speeds. However, they are only human and there have been a few collisions of police vehicles recently to prove it. They need to set an example before they suffer a true tragedy. If speed was a factor here, I hope it is a lesson to them to follow their own advice and SLOW DOWN!

  6. i wonder says:

    wow !!!! what were they doing??!! obv doing a good number of speed, too come around that corner and go off the embankment. those land cruisers are not capable to high speeds with those particular tires !

  7. Terry says:

    Hope the guy is ok.
    Might have been a defect in the vehicle.

    On a lighter note…..

    Police responded to a … of a single vehicle collision”.
    They were already there……………..Can’t beat that response time.

    Lets see the dislikes that can’t handle satire like from extremists…..

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Not often that they are first to arrive at the scene of a crash.

      • Terry says:

        Guess you don’t get it Trihangle…….
        Nawa mind.
        Things happen in the Bermy Trihangle…..

    • PBanks says:

      Are you daring people to dislike your post?

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      u herd dat fella hollarin bout,
      it musta bin da steering mekanizm bie! in da video…hahaha.

  8. Ricko Chez says:

    Those embankments are so dangerous. Walls too. And don’t get me started about bends in the road.

    Not only does a driver have to worry about these things, but also the speed of the vehicle too. Its all too much – no wonder there are so many accidents.

    If only the roads had a simple groove like the Scalextric cars we played with as children – then none of this would ever happen.

    But I don’t expect Government will do anything about it.

    Not sure if PLP is to blame for this. Best blame it on Expats I guess.

  9. Sorry Sir says:

    “Sorry Sarg. I thought that plant was the marijuana.”

  10. What's funny says:

    I’m not understanding where the joke is in this situation… Anyway, I pray the driver is safe. Who said he was speeding . How about oil spill etc. First thing we do is assume…. Smh. bunch of jokers…..

    • Stop ya noise says:

      The joke is this incident. With all the recent incidents and all the talk I’m the media about road safety and police doing something about it, then we have an officer in a single vehicle accident. And don’t give me that about an oil spill, anyone that drives or rides knows that area is area you need to take extra caution on a dry day.

    • Sailboat says:

      As a trained driver you perpetually assess all road conditions. If you fall victim to an oil slick on a piece of road as open and clear as this you ought to be grounded and be made to pay the cost of replacing the vehicle.

  11. Mr. Meoff says:

    When I said that the “Babylon need to get in the trees and use the radar gun to catch us speeders” they could have parked the landcruiser in de parking lot.
    So much for the useless #hashtag. LOL

  12. levi says:

    Or he was speeding and on his cell phone. Something I see quite often by police

    • stevie says:

      Seen the police on cell phone while driving too. No $500 fine for them!!!

  13. stevie says:

    Passed the scene, just after accident. Saw skid marks on grass verge and the east bound lane opposite the embankment.Speed a factor? Will we,the public be told what happened?

    • Bermudian says:

      Is the public told anything more when an accident happens not involving a police officer? Didn’t think so.

    • Self says:

      Wow!! I knew there had been a few, but didn’t realize it was that many. The one that stands out in my mind was the cruiser that was written off after a bird flew in the window.

      In any event, I hope that the officer makes a full recovery. Poor sight, I’m sure he’s going to get a lot of ribbing from his fellow officers.

    • A shame says:

      Wow a few accidents per year , considering they have cars on the road all the time and sometimes have to chase idiots, respond to emergencies in order to do their job I think they have a pretty good record . Get a life .

      • Sailboat says:

        Sure, but they’re allegedly trained to drive–professional drivers, even–as they like to brag. As small as Bermuda is, the BPS success rate should be 100%

      • Self says:

        You call this a “few” accidents? These are just the ones we know about. Plus, being on the road all of the time doesn’t increase your chance of an accident. My dad and brother drove taxi for years, every single day, and neither has ever been in an accident. As for speed, they’re supposed to be trained for that so we shouldn’t accept the nonsense you’re feeding us.

        • A shame says:

          To compare driving a taxi to Police driving is idiotic , I’m not feeding nonsense but no matter the training we are all human beings , mistakes happen

      • NEXT says:

        I think we found a cop. #drivesafelybdansavealife

    • Y-Gurl says:

      Nice post you get an A for your homework

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      You forgot the Buzz submersible….

      • Bermudian says:

        Next time you need the police, don’t bother to call them. Go call a crack head instead.

  14. edwin says:

    Will he have to pay for the damaged / written off cruiser ?

  15. Truth is killin' me... says:

    More high speed driver training please Mr. Commish! Full crash investigation report on my desk by 5pm OR ELSE!! YESSS SIR!!!

  16. Triangle Drifter says:

    No problem…that should buff out pretty easily.

  17. Opressed says:

    BPS, smashing your tax $$$ at a rate almost as fast as Ewart.

  18. stunned... says:

    to BPS: as the late Barry White sang: “Practice what you preach…”

  19. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    is that the lay by overlooking horseshoe..? and if it is , how da *** dat happen.?that is a straight wide well paved road…gives a new meaning to “Land Cruiser” i guess…

  20. Sailboat says:

    That’s your 5% budget cut, while the BPS continue to collect overtime and all sorts of other allowances.

    • #bermylivin says:

      Educate yourself before commenting. #fool

    • Watcher says:

      What utter nonsense the police overtime budget has been slashed and unlike most of the other public services they’ve made the furlough day work in order to save money. Please educate yourself before flapping yer gums!

    • Frustrated by Ignorance says:

      What allowances? The BPS has to take furlough days, just like other government employees, so their pay got cut. Overtime got slashed, but they are still expected to put in the extra time required to keep YOU safe. Something the military taught me – always remember your equipment was made by the lowest bidder, don’t expect it to work (and it frequently didn’t, which cost two of my colleagues their lives when in a training exercise their parachutes didn’t work!). Police Officers risk their own safety on a regular basis trying to keep everyone else safe, and frequently their reward is to take a load of abuse because the don’t get to the scene of a break in quickly enough, or they pull someone over for driving drunk.

      A big THANK YOU to the officers of the BPS for all you do to keep the rest of us safe and I hope the officer involved in this collision makes a speedy recovery.

      • stunned... says:

        I appreciate the police service but to cite what they do on a regular basis doesn’t make my heart melt. Last I checked they get paid and also get paid overtime something I don’t get but I’m still required to perform as a consummate professional.

  21. Puzzled says:

    I am totally baffled by the fact that the police are seeking witnesses to this accident as I was one of only three people who witnessed the whole thing but were shooed away by the acting inspector. And when I questioned whether statements would be taken i was told they would only need our names and numbers and someone would be in contact. Puzzled

    • #bermylivin says:

      Possibly to collect your statement at a later date? #Igiveup

      • Puzzled says:

        First of all there was no attempt to get our information, no interest whatsoever. Not one officer asked if there had been any witnesses. As I said we were all asked to leave the scene. But I will patiently wait for that call. #stillpuzzled!!

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          dont be puzzled bruh…they’ve already got their transcript ready…just sit quietly then let us known if they DO contact you and if they don’t then…

        • #bermylivin says:

          Wait for the call when they’ve asked you to contact them. #nowonderyourepuzzled

  22. Y-Gurl says:

    Same as when the cops took their car swimming down the creek, they would rather forget it than
    have people talking about it

  23. the correct facts says:

    There are a few sensible people on here and I’m one of them.
    I could give you endless simpathetic reasons as to why this happened today but,
    I’d just be guessing like most of the smart *** people making the remarks I’m reading here.
    Who cares how it happened from your points of view or who’s vehicle is involved etc etc etc.
    Don’t care if it’s a green man from Mars. If you weren’t there,then you don’t know.
    When are we going to think rashional and talk with concern about are fellow Bdian.

  24. sebring says:

    i would have thought they would have mentioned if the driever had been drug tested before being realeased from king edward as would the bus drivers?

  25. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    No body is immune from “Road Risk” .

    A traffic accident can happen to any one at any time when they least expect it.

    Driving a 4 wheeled vehicle is no different than piloting a small plane requiring extreme caution.

    Driving a motorcycle in no different than piloting a fighter jet requiring extreme caution.

    All it takes is a micro second.

    Don’t Blink !

  26. watchfuleyes says:

    @Puzzled, don’t be. I saw an accident once where this guy slammed into a govt truck that was not even moving, flew over the truck- the police on the scene did not even look for witnesses, they did not even give the guy a breath test, and when the public asked why- get this- the cops said “the guy said he doesn’t drink”- if this accident that happened today was a citizen instead of a cop, the guy would now be locked up under suspicion of alcohol or drugs, believe me. double standard

  27. Billy de Kidd says:

    Can’t be sure but dem right side tyres look smooth as a baby’s bumpy

  28. ImJustSayin says:

    If it was a fault of the vehicle the would of said by now. With them not saying anything its a give away. If you don’t hear anymore about it, driver error. Im saying CEll PHONE?

  29. Sky Pilot says:

    it’s Driving with undue care and attention!

    You all know it and the BPS knows it.

  30. stevie says:

    Had to be speeding. Why? Has to be accountable for accident,like anyone who has been in a single vehicle accident. Great photos of the vehicle involved. Will be another BPS coverup coming for sure.

  31. Randy says:

    De bie vanted to go offroading iz alllll I ca say my bie !!

  32. MAKE MY DAY says:

    Take the cost replacement ($$$) out of his paycheck… Those Toyota’s are expensive!!! Reckless driving – again!!

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      The police are supposed to be held to a “Higher Level” (better trained) when it comes to driving on the roads… They are in the states – and it’s not rocket science!!

      I have NOT seen one police induced accident in 20 yrs in Arizona!!

      SMH says it all as he lists at least 18 Police accidents!! I say they (police) need to go back to “basics” and *Driving School*!! There is a high degree of incompetence in the local BDA force – concerning driving-under-duress!! How can anyone NOT see that point!!