Pictured Above: Owner of the Tiida, Anthony Jhilmit, standing where his car and a truck landed after plunging down a precipice in Otaheite.
A trailer truck lost brakes on a wet road and crashed into a parked Tiida, sending both vehicles fifteen (15) feet off a cliff near Otaheite Bay in South Oropouche on Saturday (13th November 2021). The truck driver was luckily able to avoid crashing head-on into a crowded tent with at least twenty-five (25) persons who were buying fish at the time. The incident occurred just after 12pm near a Guest House on the Southern Main Road.
According to reports, the truck driver, Anton Forde and his lorry-man, both employees of Sat Sais Company Limited, were transporting an excavator from Chatham with a Police escort when the almost-tragic accident occurred.
Following the accident, Forde explained that he was driving at about 40 miles per hour and braked as he approached a hill because he knew it was a dangerous corner. However, the road was wet. He said, “When we reach the edge of the hill, the brakes lock up on the trailer. The truck lock and was going into this tent. It had about twenty-five (25) people in the tent here buying fish. I watching the people in the tent, I watching the house, I watching the car, I watching the tree. The best hope was to put the truck between the house and the tent.”
He said the truck slammed the car into a coconut tree then went over the precipice and fell into the sea.
Meanwhile, the owner of the Tiida, Anthony Jhilmit, a part-time fisherman, said he parked his car around 7:30am and went fishing. Hours later he got a call saying that his car was floating in the sea and when he returned to shore around 4pm, he saw his car and the truck at the bottom of the cliff.
Jhilmit said, “I still trembling but thank God nobody wasn’t damaged.” Unfortunately, this was the second time in a year his car was damaged in an accident. He then purchased the Tiida for $62,000 seven (7) months ago and was still paying installments on the vehicle.
In another sad aspect to this story, it was revealed that both crashed vehicles were robbed following the accident. Jhilmit said someone stole money, a gold chain and other items from his car while two (2) batteries were stolen from the truck.
Oropouche Police are continuing their investigations into the accident.
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