Persons living along Williamsfield Road in Manchester are lucky to be alive after two motor vehicles crashed into their houses and exploded.
The driver in 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 another vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, lost control of his 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. Occupants of the house were able to escape," Superintendent Wayne Cameron said.
The police reported that shortly after that incident the driver of the Toyota Corolla lost control of his vehicle, hit a utility pole then crashed into a building with eight apartments.
The driver along with a passenger managed to crawl out of the vehicle shortly before it exploded.
They were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.
The fire from the car spread to the building. Residents escaped before it was destroyed.
"Damage is estimated at J$16 million. We had two units; one from Christina and one from Mandeville perform the cooling down operations," Cameron said.