Saturday 23 September, 2017

Bajan cyclists injured in collision with maxi-taxi in Trinidad

Photo L-R: Bajan cyclists Jamol Eastmond and Edwin Sutherland were injured after a collision with a maxi-taxi in Trinidad on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Photo L-R: Bajan cyclists Jamol Eastmond and Edwin Sutherland were injured after a collision with a maxi-taxi in Trinidad on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Two Barbadian cyclists are being treated at hospital, one with head injuries, after a collision occurred on Monday morning in Chaguaramas, Trinidad. 

According to a statement from Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF), around 9:00 a.m. Jamol Eastmond and Edwin Sutherland were training for the upcoming Elite Pan Am Championships in Chaguaramas when a maxi-taxi reportedly began overtaking another vehicle, near to RBC Royal Bank. 

The cyclists, seeing the oncoming vehicle, came off the road for safety, however the maxi taxi, in overtaking, 'misjudged' and ran into them.

The TTCF said Eastmond sustained head injuries after he flew into the windscreen of the maxi. He is being treated and examined at hospital and the full extent of his injuries are not yet known.

The group said Sutherland also sustained 'minor bruises'.

The Association noted that Eastmond has been on a winning streak after winning all of his races at the recently concluded track cycling event 'Fire on Wheels', which was held on July 29, 2017.

The TTCF said it wished both cyclists a speedy recovery in hopes that they can still compete in the Championships, which take place from August 30-September 3, 2017.

The group is also urging drivers to be on the alert and to allow cyclists to pass.

"There are going to be a lot of foreign cyclists going to be on our shores and using the roads so we are asking for motorists to SHARE THE ROAD," the group pleaded.