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Survivor in Spur Tree accident says he is not taking anything for granted

Friday, October 05, 2012 | 6:51 PM    

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Spur Tree, Manchester — Christopher Lyn, one of the three persons involved in an accident on Spur Tree Hill Friday said the experience at death’s door has given him a greater appreciation for life.

“It is like motivation to live more,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Lyn said that he was picked up Friday morning on New Green Road in Mandeville to be one of two sidemen on truck carrying rice from Portmore.

It was his first day working with the team and was unemployed for approximately ten months.

Upon reaching Spur Tree at about 8:00am the brake of the truck reportedly failed and it eventually crashed.

Lyn said that within ten seconds of the truck getting out of control the other sideman made the decision to jump from the moving vehicle.

The Kingston man who was badly hurt died at the Mandeville Regional Hospital.

Police have withheld his name until the family is informed about his death.

Lyn Friday afternoon said that he and the driver Howard Linton Swaby had not sought medical attention and were still on the scene of the accident.

Having witnessed the tragedy the twenty-one-year-old said that now he does not want “to take anything (in his life) for granted.”

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