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JCF, JDF members hurt in deadly robot taxi crash; Henry orders detailed analysis

Sunday, January 07, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Transport and Mining, Lester Mike Henryhas ordered the Road Safety Unit to do a "detailed analysis of the black boxes" from the two motor vehicles involved in a deadly crash, which claimed four lives, onOld Harbour Road in St Catherine on Friday.

The report, according to a release from the ministry, is to be submitted by Monday.

'Preliminary reports indicate that speeding and overtaking were the major contributing factors to the crash, which was so intense that it caused the four airbags in both motor vehicles to deploy," the ministry said.

Henry has been informed that both motor cars were operating as public passenger vehicles without the requisite road licenses and insurance coverage. The crash has been the worse so far this year and among the injured were members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Defence Force, added the ministry.

Henry said he is disappointed that people who have sworn to uphold the law were participants in an illegal act committed by the drivers of the motor cars.

The minister further appealed to members of the commuting public to ensure that they take full responsibility for their safety by utilising only the designated vehicles in the transport sector.

The transport minister said he is sending a strong message to those who are using their motor vehicles in an illegal manner that he will not condone these practices as passengers must be protected against any injury that they may sustain in a crash.

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