JUTC to outline payment plan for crash survivors

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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THE state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) should, by next week, file in the Supreme Court its plan for payment in relation to a $100-million settlement with survivors of a deadly crash in 2010.

Managing Director Colin Campbell told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the company had asked the court for time to file its payment plan by November 26.

Campbell, earlier this month, said that the company would move to honour the settlement as soon as possible. His comment came a day after 30 survivors from the crash served notice, under the Companies Act, for JUTC to make payment within 21 days or face action to have it wound up and its assets sold to make the payment.

The settlement for $106,650,000 was reached in August, the claimants' attorney Sean Kinghorn said.

The JUTC, which subsequently accepted liability, was slapped with the lawsuit after one of its buses that was on charter service went over a precipice in Faith's Pen, St Ann, with members from the Bayside New Testament Church of God in Portmore, St Catherine, in November 2010. Thirty-nine people were injured. Sixteen-year-old Jodie-Ann Henry died in the crash.


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