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Driver on VG leaps from moving truck after brake failure

- truck with gravel ends up toppling
This truck was transporting gravel in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, today July 4, 2019 when an alleged brakes failure resulted in the driver evacuating and the truck toppling. Photo: Team of Reporters
The truck ended up toppling close to the side of the road. Photo: Team of Reporters
The truck ended up toppling close to the side of the road. Photo: Team of Reporters
A driver of a truck in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, this morning, July 4, 2019 was lucky to escape unhurt after the vehicle’s brakes allegedly failed. Photo: Team of Reporters
A driver of a truck in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, this morning, July 4, 2019 was lucky to escape unhurt after the vehicle’s brakes allegedly failed. Photo: Team of Reporters
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- A driver of a truck in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, this morning, July 4, 2019 was lucky to escape unhurt after the vehicle’s brakes allegedly failed, causing the truck to run off the road and toppling.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, the driver was forced to jump out of the moving truck, which ended up on its side close to the edge of the road.

“The brakes ran hot but he ok…he [driver] bailed out,” our newsroom was told by someone familiar with the incident.

The truck was transporting gravel at the time.

7 Responses to “Driver on VG leaps from moving truck after brake failure”

  • qc (04/07/2019, 21:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow
  • Charley Ruse (05/07/2019, 05:23) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so happy that the driver wasn't hurt. God's angels must have been watching over him. The DMV needs to ensure that these vehicles are licensed and insured in order to be on the roads. Furthermore, some of these drivers are driving too fast and cannot control these vehicles in the case of an emergency.
  • thanks n praise (05/07/2019, 07:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy the driver is safe. I remember an incident in Jost I believe last year when a driver was not so lucky when he jumped out his truck after the brake failed.
  • concerned citizen (05/07/2019, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    We often hear of the danger of these heavy trucks on that North Sound road for years
    and we do nothing to reduce the risk. I am preparing a recommendation for a permanent solution
    to government for consideration. We are a tourist oriented island and god forbid if one of them are involved in that kind of accident.

    Suggestion:
    An alternative road along the lower coast on the east side for 20 yards trucks, cement truck and heavy equipment.
    this will be a simple dirt road. There are folks will to cut in exchange for the rocks and the fill. The only cost to Government is blasting where necessary.
    This kind of action shows the country commitment to the safety of our roads. I am sure the equipment operated will appreciate the reduction in their risk daily.
    • black (06/07/2019, 10:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      if they pay the professionals for their experience they wont get into these problems. Stop playing cheap and sending boys to do man jobs...…..that's the recommendation that you can give the government!
  • Seatbelt (05/07/2019, 14:00) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Better to wear a seat belt and climb out later than to guess which way to jump. Sammy Lennard got it wrong and ended up with a front end loader on top of him.
  • Jaigon (05/07/2019, 14:53) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    First, I must say thanks to the almighty for allowing this young man and the driver of another truck into which the truck collided to escaped what could have been death. Sadly though, the owners of the overturned truck journeyed to Virgin Gorda via speed boat, not to look into the drivers welfare but to be more concerned about the truck, did not even ask the driver how he was doing but instead cursing the young man, telling him he have to pay for the gravel and to fix the truck. They did not even asked the young man if he wish to see the doctor. To add insult to injury, they returned to Tortola on their speed boat, leaving the young man behind. Can anyone imagine the wickedness of these people.


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