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Montague says still awaiting police report on Palisadoes pile-up

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

National Security Minister Robert Montague said last night that he was unable to address the issues arising from Monday night's traffic pile-up on the Palisadoes Road in Kingston without the police report.

The chaos along the road which leads to the Norman Manley International Airport was triggered by scores of revellers attending a party on the strip, resulting in several people complaining about getting to the airport late for their flights or to their homes after their arrival in the island.

Montague said last night that he had not yet received a report which he had expected from Police Commissioner George Quallo on the issue.

“I expected a report by 5:00 pm, it is now 6.30 pm and I am unable to proceed because I have not yet received it,” Montague told the Jamaica Observer.

He said, however, that he expected the report from the commissioner before the day had ended.

In a release earlier yesterday, Montague said that he had asked the commissioner to provide him with a report on the circumstances surrounding the activities which resulted in the traffic pile-up by 5:00 pm.

He said that, up to the time of the release, the repercussions were yet to be tabulated, noting that flights were delayed and passengers had missed their flights.

He had asked the police commissioner to outline the conditions surrounding the issuing of the permit for the party; the policing plan that was put in place for the event; and the steps that would be taken to hold someone accountable.

Montague also apologised for the inconvenience suffered by the public, and said that the report would be made public.