Jamaica: ‘It Was Very Terrifying’ – Man Calls For Action After Near-Death Encounter On Mandela

After his motor vehicle suddenly shut down while travelling along the Mandela Highway three weeks ago, Richard Goodall was attempting to go over what he thought was a regular median in the vicinity of the Hydel Group of Schools in St Catherine when he suddenly fell through a gap and into sewage below, later learning it was a haven for crocodiles.

Hardly bearing visible wounds from the ordeal apart from scratches on the hand, lips and back, he told The Gleaner yesterday that he is still shaken up by the incident as he appealed to the authorities to cover the opening to prevent others from having the same experience.

Goodall said that about 8 p.m. on December 15, 2020, he was heading in the direction of Spanish Town when his motor vehicle suddenly stalled.


With the area poorly lit, he left the car where it stood and attempted to go to the other side of the road. Looking to the right for oncoming traffic, he approached what appeared to be an ordinary median and jumped over it and into dark, murky waters beneath the road.


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