Po­lice­man in shock af­ter tree falls on car

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Orantes Moore Gleaner Writer

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer in St Mary es­caped with mi­nor in­juries af­ter a tree smashed into the wind­screen of the Mit­subishi pickup truck he was driv­ing.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, which took place Satur­day af­ter­noon on the main road in Broadgate, Cor­po­ral Kevin Green was taken to the lo­cal hospi­tal in An­notto Bay and treated for in­juries to his shoul­der.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cer in charge of Castle­ton Po­lice Sta­tion, Sergeant Christo­pher Ward, the col­li­sion has trau­ma­tised Green and placed ad­di­tional pres­sure on an al­ready un­der-re­sourced sta­tion house.

Ward told The Gleaner that “Cor­po­ral Green was in Broadgate head­ing back to Castle­ton from Port Maria when he heard some­thing com­ing down from the hill, and as he tried to pass, a tree fell right on top of him, smash­ing the wind­screen. He is suf­fer­ing from pains to his shoul­der and is still in a bit of shock be­cause to have a huge tree trunk drop on to a mov­ing ve­hi­cle is re­ally very devastating.”

Ward said that in the same

com­mu­nity just eight days ear­lier, a boul­der had rolled down a hill, killing 12-year-old Ra­heem Davey.

“I think the rea­son for [the land slip­pages] is the con­sis­tent rains we’ve been get­ting for the past three weeks, which has made the soil week,” Ward said. Per­son­ally, since the in­ci­dent with the boul­der rolling down the hill, I’ve been very scared of driv­ing along the Junc­tion Road.

“This has re­ally im­pacted us se­verely be­cause our sta­tion has only one ser­vice ve­hi­cle, and when it’s down, we are dis­abled. Cur­rently, I’m us­ing my own ve­hi­cle to move around and en­sure the peace is kept while the ve­hi­cle is down. We’re still do­ing what we have to do serve the peo­ple of Castle­ton.

“The bon­net and side of the ve­hi­cle is dam­aged, so it needs a little body­work, but, hope­fully, and as long as the wind­screen is in the coun­try, we should have it up and run­ning in the next three work­ing days.”

PHOTO BY ORANTES MOORE

A tree atop a po­lice ser­vice ve­hi­cle.

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