Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 18th 2015 Contents Officials of Paria Shipping Company
declined to comment on the incident.
Both incidents attracted the atten-
tion of workers, pedestrians and
motorists who rushed out of nearby
offices and slowed their vehicles, cran-
ing their necks to catch a glimpse of
what was taking place.
Many passersby stopped to take
photos, posting it immediately to social
media sites, which resulted in many
others rushing to both scenes.
PC Terry Moore of the Central Police
Station is continuing investigations.
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Two 40-foot containers being
hauled by drivers for Basics Dis-
tributors Ltd were involved in
separate incidents in Port-of-
Spain yesterday, as one was
dragged from its flatbed and
overturned onto the pavement,
while the second tipped onto its
side and was left leaning against
a concrete pole.
Both incidents occurred less
than one hour apart, and created
huge traffic jams within the capital
as police and traffic wardens were
deployed to redirect motorists.
There were no casualities or
damage to any buildings or sur-
rounding property during either
In the first incident, around 9.15
am, driver Keshwarn Sahadeo was
forced to jump out of his truck to
escape injury as the loaded con-
tainer he was transporting over-
turned when he attempted to turn
onto Richmond Street from Queen
Speaking shortly after the inci-
dent, a shaken Sahadeo pointed
to the fallen container which had
also landed on the truck s cab, as
he explained, "I had no other
choice because there were two
vehicles parked there, so I had to
take the corner sharp."
Asked if the container had been
properly secured to the flatbed,
Sahadeo replied, "Yes."
However, both police and cus-
toms officers at the site said this
might not have been the case as
the container, if it had been prop-
erly secured, would also have
dragged the flatbed onto its side
when it fell.
Sahadeo was transporting doc-
uments from the old Customs
House which was previously sit-
uated at Nicholas Court, Aber-
cromby Street, Port-of-Spain, to
a warehouse at Trade Zone, El
Sources yesterday confirmed
the container is owned by former
president of the Shipping Asso-
ciation, Rhett Chee Ping.
Less than 45 minutes later, offi-
cials of the company went to Paria
Shipping Company, Sackville
Street, Port-of-Spain, after
receiving a call that another 40-
foot container, which had just
been released from the Port
Authority, had also been involved
in a similar mishap.
It was not known what was
being transported in that con-
The second incident occurred
as driver Barry Streat attempted
to park the container on the
Officers said the container
"leaned" to one side as the road-
way was uneven, causing the
flatbed to keel as Streat attempted
to unhitch the flatbed from the
truck s cab.
A No Parking sign prevented
that container from overturning
and landing on a nearby busi-
Streat confirmed the incident,
saying that his container too, had
been properly secured to the
After learning of the incident
with Sahadeo, Streat walked to
that site which was one block
away and spoke with onlookers
as he said, "This is a first-time
Sahadeo has been driving for
the past 12 years, while Streat
indicated he had seven years
experience behind the wheel.
Both men said this was the first
time such an incident had
Brothers and managers at
Basics Distributors Ltd, Aneil and
Apollo Arjoon, were present at
Approached to comment on
the incident at the corner of Rich-
mond and Queen Streets, Aneil
Arjoon said they were "swamped"
trying to figure out how to remove
the fallen container.
He claimed the company usu-
ally followed the strictest safety
standards when transporting con-
However, approached a short
time later after officials hinted
that the container might not have
been secured to the flatbed but,
rather, had been resting on top it,
Arjoon tersely responded, "As far
as I know, the pins were on. I
don t know anything else."
Thankful that no one had been
injured during either incident,
Streat said, "God is good."
Two containers overturn in City
The truck driven by
the container of
which overturned at
the corner of
Richmond Street and
Queen Street, Port-
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
DOMA head wants stricter
regulations for large vehicles
Also at the scene was
president of the Downtown
Owners and Merchants
Association (DOMA), Gregory
Aboud, who called for stricter
regulations to be introduced to
guide the owners and operators
of large vehicles.
Pointing to the scene at
Richmond and Queen Streets,
Aboud agreed with claims that
the container had not been
properly secured to the flatbed.
"It seems that it (container)
couldn't have been properly
secured because if it was, it
could never roll off this trailer,"
He continued, "If we were a
more organised city, there
would be some streets on
which containers could not turn
and if we were a more
organised country, these trailers
would have to pass certain
inspections and certified fit to
carry these containers."
Dismissing calls for large
vehicles to be allowed to
operate only during certain
hours, Aboud said, "That's
"Trucks and trailers represent
a vital part of the economic
health of the country. Without
trucks and trailers, you wouldn't
have the economy you have,
and restricting trucks and
trailers would be driving a
dagger into the heart of the
productivity of the country. That
is clear, that is not an answer,"
STRICTER REGULATIONS NEEDED
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