11 injured in Portmore crash

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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ELEVEN people were yesterday rushed to hospital following an early morning motor vehicle collision in Christian Pen, Portmore, St Catherine.


Police report that about 5:45 am a Hiace bus with several passengers was travelling along the Christian Pen main road, heading towards Spanish Town, when it collided with a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus travelling in the opposite direction.


People alleging to be eyewitnesses said the driver of the Hiace swerved to avoid a pothole in the road.


The impact of the crash caused the Hiace bus to overturn, pinning the driver and several other passengers inside for several hours.


It took the combined effort of residents, firefighters, and police to remove the injured from the mangled wreck.


Leroy Tomlinson, whose mother was trapped in the bus, was one of the residents who responded to the desperate cries for help.


"I was in my house preparing to go on the road and I heard the loud collision; when I ran out to look I saw the people trapped in the bus. I did not hesitate, I just started to do what I could to help," said Tomlinson.


It was while he was trying to save lives that Tomlinson learnt that his mother was among the trapped victims.


"When mi go over there and look and see the people them I could hardly stand, but what made it worse was when I saw my mother among the injured," Tomlinson said.


"When mi look and see how mi mother stay I couldn't hold back," said Tomlinson, as he broke down in tears.


Yesterday, police said the crash was the second to take place in the area since the start of the year.


Earlier this year, a girl was struck down by a motor vehicle while she was on her way to school.


Residents yesterday said they have been calling on the authorities for months to fix the pothole that has been causing problems for motorists travelling in the area.


  

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