There will be a review of the use of heaving vehicles, such as trucks, driving along the right lane of the highway following Tuesday's horrific accident which killed two people and left 48 injured.
This was confirmed by Minister of Works & Transport Rohan Sinanan after he visited some of the accident victims at the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex on Wednesday.
"It is something that we are looking at, I can't say why they were on that lane. But it is something that we are looking at," said Sinanan.
"I spoke to the Director of Highways and once the full investigation of the accident is completed we will have to look at some of the laws that govern the usage of the roadway."
In Tuesday's accident, a loaded dump truck suffered a blown right front tyre on the left lane causing it to collide with another truck transporting bottled water on the centre lane. The impact caused the second truck to cross the median and collide with a PTSC bus heading north.
Two women on the bus were killed and almost all the passengers were injured.
According to existing laws, however, trucks and buses which fall in the heavy vehicle class are required to maintain a speed of 65 kilometres per hour on the highway. The right lane of the highway is generally reserved for people intending to overtake.
The speed limit on the highway is set at 100 kilometres per hour for cars and pick-up trucks.
Some, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Road safety coordinator Brent Batson, had pointed out that trucks should not use the right lane as a result.
The right lane is also the lane closest to the median, so vehicles in that lane often have the highest probability of crossing in an accident.
Batson, however, said both the bus driver and the Blue Waters truck driver should be commended for their handling of the vehicles in the situation.
"Luckily by some miracle, that bus driver even though he was cut up and sliced up by a lot of glass, managed to bring that bus safely to the left side of the road," said Batson.
"He's a hero to be identified in this because really and truly that would have taken a lot of skill, a lot of composition to do that."
Batson said if the truck driver did not show the awareness to stop his vehicle from fully crossing the median, more would have died.
"It's also a miracle that the truck did not go head on. If that truck had hit full mass into that bus, we would be looking at a minimum of 20 dead," said Batson.
Chairman of the Public Transport Service Corporation Edwin Gooding, agreed the driver did a remarkable job given the circumstances.
"One of the reasons for that would be the kind of the training that our drivers go through, every year they have to be certified to ensure they are ready for the road," said Gooding.
"In this case, the driver averted what could have been more damage by keeping calm and bringing the bus to a safe stop."
Gooding visited the EWMSC with Sinanan to assure accident victims and their families that the Government and PTSC would remain in contact with the families and will be offering support to them in the wake of the accident.
Hospital authorities said 21 of the 25 victims who were warded at the Mt Hope hospital were discharged on Wednesday.
Reporter: Peter Christopher