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Crash latest: Counselling for Holmwood students

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 07, 2011 | 12:17 PM    

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THE Ministry of Education has dispatched guidance counsellors to Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester following the deaths of three students in a horrific bus crash, which also claimed the life of the owner/conductor earlier today.

"A critical response team from the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the ministry has been mobilised to offer counselling to students and staff of the schools whose students were involved in or saw the accident," said the ministry in a statement.

The Manchester police confirmed that three Holmwood students and the driver were among four deaths in the crash at Bryce about two miles north of Christiana in northern Manchester about 7:30 am.

Police told the Observer that the bus with 16 school children aboard was travelling from southern Trelawny into Manchester when the driver failed to negotiate a corner. The bus crashed into an embankment and overturned.

Most if not all the surviving children were reportedly rushed to hospital.

Police are withholding the identity of the dead pending contact with relatives.

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