Gorge still closed up to late last night
Up to late last night, a crane which was taken to the Bog Walk gorge in St Catherine was trying to remove a 40-foot trailer which had fallen into the Rio Cobre.
The truck, which was laden with 21 tonnes of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), overturned as it made its way on to the Flat Bridge, resulting in injury to the driver and extensive damage of the rig.
Score of residents and motorists converged at the scene of the mishap viewing the partially submerged heavy duty vehicle in the river. The police said that sometime after 1 a.m. the vehicle was heading towards Spanish Town when the driver failed to negotiate the bridge properly and the truck fell over. The driver was rescued from the wreckage and has since been admitted to hospital in stable condition. The gorge was later closed.
"We have to divert traffic to assess the accident, and to work with others such as the Fire Department, National Environment Planning Agency as well as the Marine police to move the wreckage safely," Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, head of the St Catherine North police said.
Members of the Fire Department said the seepage of the LNG was being prevented as the trailer tank remained intact. "We are here to assist in securing the area. When the elevated crane lifts the truck to safety, we will have ensured that persons do not have any open fires around," Assistant Commissioner of the Fire Department, Stewart Beckford, said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent Cleveland Wood said the police have stepped up patrols in the Barry and Sligoville routes, which will be utilised more by motorists since the gorge's closure.