TNN’s Trevor Lindsay spoke to the first eyewitness to the fatal car accident this morning in the Shark Hole, Hamilton parish. The eyewitness wishes to remain anonymous.
I was driving past the government quarry and turned the corner, when the car came off of the hill and swerved into the fence and went overboard.
“ I jumped out of my truck, dialed 911, I heard a lady screaming that she couldn’t get out of the car and I was actually considering jumping overboard at the time,” the man said. “
Another person who was heading in the same direction that I was passed me on a bike and when I finally got their attention, someone else came, all while the car was still very slowly going down.”
According to the witness, a man jumped overboard as he had attempted to break the windows to get the driver out of the car. The driver was able to save one child but was unable to get the youngest child out in time. That child unfortunately succumbed to their injuries.
“ The [late] child had been underwater for no less than five minutes . . . and the female driver did everything in her power to save both children and they had to pull her out of the car through the back window, which was broken by an emergency responder who was the second person in the water,” the witness said. “ If it wasn’t for him breaking the back window, she would have never gotten out of that car and would have been a triple tragedy.”
Looking back on it, the witness truly feels that they did whatever they could, but still wishes that they could have done more to save the lives of everyone involved. They plan to speak with police tomorrow and provide a statement.
TNN’s management and staff offers sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young child.
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