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Crash kills five

The horrific head on collision.

The horrific head on collision.

SCARBOROUGH – Five people were killed instantly in Tobago in a head-on collision along the Claude Noel Highway early yesterday.

The victims were identified as Alloy Duke, 49, of Cocrico Inn, Buccoo, Fernando Stewart, 36, of Providence Road, Mt Grace, Christion Stewart, 50, of Patience Hill, Nesta Hamilton, of Patience Hill, and Stevenson Winchester, 50, of Piccadilly Trace, Signal Hill.

The collision took place at Spring Garden in the vicinity of the Orange Hill Gas Station around 4:25 a.m., according to police investigators.

The fatalities have taken the road death toll to 20, according to an Express tally.

According to Scarborough Police Traffic Branch, Duke was driving a maroon Mazda 3 station wagon east, along the Claude Noel Highway when he overtook a vehicle and collided head-on with a green Lancer driven by Stewart, a ward attendant at the Scarborough General Hospital.

Stewart was travelling west along the highway when the accident occurred. Occupants of both vehicles died on the spot, police said.

Fire Service officials were called to use the “jaws of life” to remove the bodies from both vehicles.

The incident has marred 2013 Carnival celebrations in Tobago.

Family members and relatives remain shocked over the incident.

Cynthia Stewart-Osmond, of Mason Hall, the sister of Christon Stewart and the aunt of Fernando Stewart, said the situation was heartbreaking.

“Christon lived in Germany and was at the time visiting, as he was filing necessary documents for his passport. He is also the father of one and was due to return on the 18th (of February) to Germany, to celebrate his son’s birthday,” she said. (Express)

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