Christmas Day Horror! Car crash into houses and explode; one driver burnt to death

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police-car-on-fire.jpgTwo motor vehicles crashed into houses along Williamsfield Road in Manchester on Christmas Day and exploded. The driver of one of the vehicles, Dwayne Patterson, was burnt to death after being trapped inside his car.

According to the police, about 2:30 p.m on Tuesday Patterson was travelling in a yellow Honda Civic along the road, reportedly at high speed, heading towards Kendal Road. Patterson, who was allegedly racing a Toyota Corolla, lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a mini mart along the road.

The vehicle then caught on fire with him inside.

"His car was burnt beyond recognition, the mini mart burnt out and a dwelling attached to the mini mart burnt out also...the persons in the house were able to escape," Superintendent Wayne Cameron is reported as telling daily newspaper, The Gleaner.

The police reported that shortly after that incident the driver of the Toyota Corolla lost control of his vehicle, which hit a utility pole and then crashed into a building with eight apartments. The driver along with a passenger managed to crawl out of the vehicle before it exploded.

They were subsequently taken to hospital where they are believed to be in serious but stable condition.

The fire from the car spread to the building.Residents escaped before it was destroyed.

"Damage is estimated at $16 million.... we had two units; one from Christina and one from Mandeville perform the cooling down operations," Cameron said.

The death comes just days after the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining issued a call for motorists to exercise greater caution when traveling on the roads. Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, said as the Christmas season approached, persons, particularly motorists and pedestrians, should exercise greater care on the roads.

Hare noted that since the start of the year approximately 360 deaths have been recorded from 318 fatal crashes.