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Former JUTC employee takes bus from depot, crashes

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) says it has launched an investigation into an incident involving a former member of staff who drove away a bus from one of its depots last year.

The JUTC said the former mechanic took the bus on December 23 and ended up causing minor damage to a car in Grants Pen, St Andrew. No one was injured in the incident.

The State-owned bus company, in a release this afternoon, alleges that the former employee went onto the compound on the day in question in another bus which reportedly developed mechanical problems along North Parade, downtown Kingston.

It is reported that the driver of the bus allowed the ex-employee to drive the bus back to the depot, however while at the depot, the ex-employee gained access to another unit and drove it out of the compound without the requisite security and operational clearance.

The bus company said that preliminary assessment has so far revealed that the driver who allowed the ex-employee access to the facility was not aware that the former employee was no longer working with the JUTC.

“This is a very serious security and operational breach and the matter is being dealt with at the highest level. The matter has been reported to the police and we await the outcome of their investigations,” said Corporate Communications Manager, Cecil Thoms.

In the meantime, the company said it has engaged retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Granville Gause to launch an investigation into the incident.

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