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Service station disaster

Advertising billboard falls, crushes three cars

BY SHANICA BLAIR
Observer online reporter
blairs@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Three people escaped injury yesterday when a massive advertising billboard fell on three cars parked at the Texaco service station at the intersection of Half-Way-Tree and Oxford roads in Kingston.

The freak accident, which occurred at approximately 2:35 pm, crushed the vehicles — a Honda Civic, Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Lancer — sending workers and customers at the petrol station scampering.

The CR-V and Mitsubishi Lancer were occupied, while the Honda Civic, which belongs to a pump attendant at the gas station, was unoccupied at the time.

The occupants of the Mitsubishi Lancer, who gave their names only as Randal and Jessica, were visibly shaken when they spoke with the Jamaica Observer.

They explained that they stopped at the gas station for Jessica to buy phone credit and as they were about to leave, they heard a loud explosion.

“Is the CR-V save wi, because it inna the middle and it bigger. Right now mi car write-off,” Randal said.

Jessica said she would be heading to her doctor immediately, because she was discharged from the University Hospital of the West Indies just last week; after undergoing surgery for gallstones.

While giving thanks that their lives were spared, Jessica, however, said she was upset with the behaviour of people on the scene who, instead of helping them to get out of the car, took out their cellphones to record the mishap.

“We were in there for about five minutes, and if any of the cars did catch fire we would burn up because of the light wire and everybody a take out phone,” she said.

Randal, who appeared to be trying to process what had happened, said he felt lost. “Mi need mi car fi move round,” he said.

The driver of the CR-V, who declined to give her name, said that she was very nervous and would be going to her doctor shortly, as she almost experienced an anxiety attack.

She said she was stuck in her car, but luckily a woman outside got onlookers to force several pieces of protruding board from the vehicle.

The gas pump attendant gave thanks that he was not in his vehicle at the time.

A representative from the service station, who was at the scene collecting information from the drivers of the vehicles, declined to comment on the mishap.

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