As works continue on the Curepe Interchange, one driver is said to have ignored the height restrictions while approaching the work site.
Reports indicate that the driver of the truck ignored the height restriction, even after being told that he could not continue beyond a particular point at Valsayn before the Interchange.
Reports are that the truck driver attempted to manoeuvre the truck beneath the temporary height restriction barrier and the barrier collapsed after the truck came into contact with it, while another approaching vehicle was hit by the falling barrier.
A viral video of the incident, which took place on Monday, has been circulating in social media.
NIDCO, the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited, has since issued an official statement on the incident, clarifying that there was no damage to the bridge infrastructure which was erected on Sunday.
NIDCO says Transport Board in the Ministry of Works and Transport will carry out an investigation into the incident.
Following is the full text of the statement issued by NIDCO…
The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) wishes to address the footage that is circulating on social media regarding an incident which took place at the Curepe Interchange on Monday 6 January 2020.
In the video a large container was seen dislocating the temporary overhead gantry that was erected to enforce a temporary height restriction for vehicles, and protect ongoing works on the permanent beam structure located further east. Traffic restrictions were outlined in a public notice released by NIDCO on Friday 3 January 2020.
Eye witnesses on the scene reported that upon contact with the temporary overhead gantry, the driver of the vehicle was urged to cease movement and traffic was stopped by officers onsite. However, the driver continued to attempt to free the container resulting in the collapse of the temporary overhead gantry.
A second vehicle was affected upon the collapse of the temporary overhead gantry, through its illegal action by travelling along the shoulder of the highway.
The Transport Board in the Ministry of Works and Transport will commence an investigation to determine if the height restrictions and conditions on the permit for use of the trailer were breached. The Board will advise on the appropriate action to be taken following the outcome of its investigation.
This incident has NOT resulted in any damage to the bridge infrastructure erected on Sunday 5 January 2020. The clearance on this bridge is to international standards and will facilitate all such vehicles.
NIDCO advises all motorists to proceed with caution and abide with all rules during the construction period for the Curepe Interchange, and the temporary height restrictions currently in place until Sunday 29 February 2020.
Unaffected bridge infrastructure erected on Sunday 5th January 2020.
Story by NEWS DESK