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Spur Tree accident survivor gives thanks for life

Saturday, October 06, 2012    

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SPUR TREE, Manchester — Christopher Lyn, one of the three persons involved in an accident on Spur Tree Hill yesterday, 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. I do not want to take anything (in life) for granted,” he said.

Lyn, 21, who was picked up early in the morning on New Green Road in Mandeville, was one of two sidemen on a truck transporting rice from Portmore in St Catherine.

Lyn, who was unemployed for about 10 months, and was working with driver Howard Linton Swaby and the other sideman for the first time, got what might have been the biggest scare of his life when the truck reportedly developed brake problems about 8:00 am, causing the vehicle to get out of control and overturned.

Lyn said that his fellow sideman, within 10 seconds of the truck getting out of control, jumped from the moving vehicle and was crushed. He was pronounced dead at the Mandeville Regional Hospital.

The name of the deceased, who the Observer was told resided in Kingston, is being withheld by the police until his family has

been informed.

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