Two Traffic Collisions, Man In Critical Condition

May 22, 2015

[Updated: There was a collision in Southampton involving a truck and motorbike, and then a second collision involving a cycle and the ambulance transporting the injured individual from the first incident. The motorcyclist involved in the first collision, a 50-year-old Southampton man, is in critical condition. ]

There are presently traffic delays in the Middle Road and Industrial Park area of Southampton this morning [May 22] following a collision involving a truck and a motorbike. The police indicated that the rider sustained serious injuries, and said that as of 8.35am, there are major traffic delays in the area.

Details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

Update 8.50am: Another collision seems to have occurred, also in the Southampton area, which is adding to the traffic delays in the area.

collision may 22 2015

Update 8.58am: The police said a second collision occurred with a rental cycle and the ambulance transporting the injured individual from the first incident.

A police spokesperson said, “Around 8am Friday, May 22nd a reported serious collision occurred on Middle Road in Southampton, apparently near the junction with Industrial Park Road, involving a truck and a motorcycle.

Details are limited at this time; however it appears that the motorcyclist involved sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital via ambulance for treatment.

There are major traffic delays in the area, with commuters being diverted along the Railway Trail. Therefore motorists are advised to avoid the Middle Road, Industrial Park Road Southampton area until further notice if possible.

“Meanwhile, a second collision occurred with a rental cycle and the ambulance transporting the injured individual from the first incident. The rental cycle rider apparently sustained leg injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening at this time.

“Inquiries into these collisions are underway and an update on the condition of the injured riders will be provided when more details are available.”

Update 10.06am: A police spokesperson said, “Motorists are advised that the section of road temporarily closed off due to a reported serious collision in the Middle Road, Industrial Park Road Southampton area earlier this morning has since been re-opened to normal traffic flow.”

Update 11.59am: The police said the motorcyclist involved in the first collision, a 50-year-old Southampton man, is in critical condition.

A police spokesperson said, “At last check the 50 year old Southampton man injured when the motorcycle he was riding apparently collided with a truck on Middle Road in Southampton near the junction with Industrial Park Road around 8am today was in critical condition.

“Another rider injured in a separate collision with the ambulance transporting the first victim apparently sustained leg injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

“It appears that the second collision, now believed to have involved an auxiliary cycle and not a rental cycle, occurred on Middle Road in Southampton near the junction with Lighthouse Road.

“Inquiries into these collisions continue and any witnesses should contact the main police telephone number 295-0011 at the earliest opportunity.”

Update May 23: The police said that as of this morning the victim remains in ICU, and his condition is listed as critical.

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  1. Gabbs says:

    What a crazy way to start the weekend. I hope they are okay.

  2. Cranberry says:

    Ambulances need to be a little more cautious while passing vehicles who have stopped for them. I was nearly hit twice yesterday by ambulances one emergency calls…

    • Ed Case says:

      The worst thing is all the pedal cyclists out excercising. They should be banned from the road as they get in everyone’s way. Someone should invent a cyclist computer game so they can ride on their ipads – it would be much less effort. Who needs excercise anyway?

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        At least not riding 4 or 5 abreast would be good. That’s just selfish

    • smh says:

      Are you serious? I’ve seen the way people act with emergency vehicles. Barely anybody stops anymore! People going in the opposite direction assume they dont need to. Some people who do bother to stop do so on the heat of the corner or in impossible possitions. How about we as drivers need to be a little more courteous???

      And if you ever find yourself in an ambulance rushing to the hospital with a loved one on the stretcher I can guarantee you would be more mad the general public and not the ambulance driver.

  3. TonyC says:

    Interesting. This morning the full force of idiotic driving was on display, and then I open Bernews and see this.

    What makes riders think that racing past another rider or car with 2 inches to spare is a good idea? I often find myself willing these idiots to get hit, if for no other reason than to get them off the roads. Just yesterday a bike went racing past me towards the lights at Paget, wrong side of the road, you know the scene. A police car was in traffic coming the other way, and did nothing. I was expecting an instant siren and flashing lights, but no response at all.

    If people know they will get away with it, they will carry on as normal.

    The results of that can be seen all too often.

    I wish a speedy recovery to those injured this morning due to the actions of others.

    • Andy M says:

      Tony C, there is no doubt that the standard of riding and driving in Bermuda is terrible, but your criticism of the police in your example is unwarranted. You must ask if the end justifies the means. For a police car that is heading in the opposite direction to a bike that is already overtaking everyone, be able to safely catch the rider is very difficult. And you must understand that overtaking in itself is not illegal. I’m sure in your opinion, the rider was speeding but police must weigh up the risk that they will pose (in a car) to the public by speeding after a bike rider. And perhaps, they were on their way to a job? To all my former colleagues, stay safe and keep up the good work!

      • TonyC says:

        I take your point Andy. Perhaps the police took the licence number of the rider and followed up with a courtesy visit, as a preventative measure for next time?

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        You can’t outrun a radio signal to the next cop down the road.

        • JUNK YARD DOG says:

          I asked a Policeman in the USA . How do you catch speeders ? he said “Motorola ! we are not going to get hurt chasing after those people.” A chase over there can get up to some where around 90 M.P.H.

      • Family Man says:

        I’m a big fan of police using cameras and issuing tickets for driving with a lack of due care and attention. Mount a dash cam to a police bike and start issuing tickets supported by video evidence:
        Tailgating (with inches to spare – the roads are not a race track)
        Overtaking on blind corners. (And overtaking somebody who is already overtaking)
        Riding on the sidewalk to overtake traffic
        Running the red lights in Paget
        Third laning

        All instances of poor driving I witnessed this morning.

    • sage says:

      You often find yourself “willing these idiots to get hit”, or do you, like other cage driving morons, swerve over and hit them on purpose?

      • TonyC says:

        Hardly – I’m on a bike wondering when I’m about to get hit from behind by some idiot who has a deathwish. Someone like you, perhaps.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      I’m just tired of commenting on the general standard of “driving” in BDA in general!! It is really atrocious!! And The BPS are to blame as well – because they are NOT doing their jobs properly!!

      And then the court system is a joke!! God knows what all the IB sector people and tourists in general have to say to their friends and families – after they leave the Island!!

  4. Jill says:

    Praying for all involved in the accidents.

  5. B Rech says:

    I had to go even slower this morning coming out of Somerset to allow a driver to go by who was in a hurry… I was hoping to see radar at Port Royal

  6. Just me says:

    I truly wish the rider a full and speedy recovery. They have to be wishing they stayed in bed this morning. To be in one accident is enough but two?! Unreal.

  7. spoons says:

    I love watching the old boys in St. G’s shouting at the police to stop their wheels at Stop signs, when they fail to bring the police car to a full stop. Police officers’ faces – priceless. Practice what you preach.

    • Jim says:

      Yeah, awesome..sitting on the wall, with a brown bag in their hand, shouting at the police lol..who are on their way to another accident, probably involving one of the ‘old boys’ grandsons who drive around like lunatics..

  8. ahla says:

    I was there at the scene it was my brother who was in the collision with the ambulance he is 16 and we all know 16 year old boys make dumb decicions. Let’s just thank god both people are fine. But however he does have leg injuries n bad road rash sorry my spelling is horrible but Im 13 and I am working on it please keep the comments positive.

    • Come Correct says:

      You just melted my stone cold heart. Your spelling is fine but always aim to improve in every aspect of your life. Hope your brother is ok, we all make mistakes.

    • Bernews says:

      @ahla, best wishes to your brother on his recovery.

    • Zevon says:

      Hope your brother is feeling better. I wish you both the best. Your spelling is pretty good too!

  9. Ruthless says:

    Just wondering. How hard is it for The Parks Dept and Police to get the gates to the tracks open and divert traffic in that area? #umjustsayin

  10. Wayne Williams says:

    With the exception of the few, here we are as a community mourning the passing of a man who was involved in a very serious accident and I am reading all of these comments that certainly does nothing to offer the affected family comfort.

    I express my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the Hewey family. I am so saddened to hear about a friend who I have known all of his life.

    Rest and sleep in Peace my Brother