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St Elizabeth farmer dies in highway crash

Tuesday, July 01, 2014    

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A 53-year-old St Elizabeth farmer died yesterday in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 2000 in which at least 12 passengers in a bus were injured.

The farmer, Duhane Powell, was on his way back to his home in Brinkley when the crash, triggered by smoke from a bush fire, occurred at approximately 3:15 pm near the Vineyards Toll Plaza.

Persons claiming to be eyewitnesses said that Powell's Nissan Skyline slammed into the back of the Toyota bus after the bus driver reduced his speed upon encountering the thick smoke.

The impact of the crash caused Powell's car to spin after which it collided with a Suzuki Vitara that was travelling behind the Skyline.

The crash caused a pile-up of traffic on the highway as it took emergency workers some time to get to the scene, take the injured to hospital and cut Powell from the wreckage.

Last night, Powell's cousin, Mark Beadle, said the farmer's death came as a shock to his relatives and friends.

"He was a very casual person, easy to get along with," Beadle told the Jamaica Observer.

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