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Brothers among four dead in Trelawny crash

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer
Firemen remove an injured Alecia Greenwood from the Nissan March motor car involved in a collision in which four persons died.
The mangled wreck of the Nissan March motor car and Island Routes King Long bus that collided along the North Coast Highway in Trelawny, where four persons died.


Four of five persons who were travelling from Portland to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay were killed yesterday morning in a horrific mid-morning traffic collision along the Falmouth leg of the North Coast Highway, just over 400 metres from the traffic light in the proximity of the Trelawny Stadium.

According to reports, the accident, which involved an Island Routes King Long coach and a Nissan March motor car, occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m. Three of the five passengers in the car died on the spot while a fourth was pronounced dead at hospital. The lone female passenger survived the crash but was admitted to hospital in serious condition.

“It would appear that the car was overtaking other vehicles when it ran into the bus, which was heading in an easterly direction. The impact of the crash pushed back the car some three chains,” said Assistant Superintendent Ronald Blissett of the Trelawny Fire Brigade.

“We had to extricate three of the persons, including a female Canadian national, who suffered major injuries but was conscious when she was removed from the vehicle.”

The three men who died on the spot were identified as Omroy Russell, Everton James, and Dayton McLeary. The man who was pronounced dead at Falmouth Hospital was identified as Omar Russell. The injured woman was identified as Anika Walters.

The Russells were brothers.

“When he extricated Ms Greenwood, she was conscious and was able to provide us with details of the passengers, where they were coming from and their expected destination,” said Blissett. “She was badly injured and she was quickly rushed off to hospital.”

The driver of the coach, who was identified as Shawn Warren, was rushed to hospital with chest pains and later released. His lone passenger, Aldane Reid, escaped injuries, but the bus was badly damaged.

Blissett said that based on the mangled state of the vehicles, speeding might have factored in the accident.

“We got a call from a passer-by shortly after the accident, and we responded with a 15-member team, which included eight members of the Emergency Medical Services unit attached to the Trelawny Fire Department,” said Blisettt.