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Bauxite train derails in Spanish Town

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Screams engulfed the community of Leslie Pen in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday as what would have been a quiet Sunday afternoon ended abruptly following the derailing of a train transporting bauxite.

The Windalco train, which was transporting alumina from Ewarton, St Catherine, to Port Esquivel in Clarendon, broke off the track about 2:40 p.m. according to Nunny Dyer, a resident of the area. No one was injured in the accident.

?Mi did outside an? likkle mos? mi si di train a dilly-dally, suh mi grab mi pickney dem an? run inside. When mi come back outside, mi si di train tun ova,? she told The Gleaner.

Dyer, who has been a resident of the community for more than 10 years, noted that it was the first time she was witnessing a train derail.

?Now mi deh yah a wonda if dis coulda happen again. Is a good t?ing it happen before it reach near anybody house,? she continued.

Officials from the Jamaica Railway Corporation were on site to investigate the cause of the accident but, up to late yesterday afternoon, they had not arrived at a conclusion.

alessandro.boyd@gleanerjm.com