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Two dead after truck flattens bar, shop in St James

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 11:19 AM
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Noel Thompson, Gleaner Writer

ST JAMES, Jamaica:

Two persons are now dead, after a water truck ran off a hill and flattened a bar and shop in Lawson Bottom, Roehampton St James at about 8.30 p.m. yesterday.

The truck reportedly pinned six persons beneath it, including a man and woman, who were crushed.

The driver of the truck, two passengers and a customer in the shop were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital hospital where they are admitted in serious but stable condition.

Dead are Sadie Kerr, the operator of the shop who is said to be in her 60's and her common-law husband 43-year-old mason, Delva Thompson, otherwise called John.

Persons in the community told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the truck regularly delivers water to the community.

The residents say prior to the accident, the truck which was parked on a hill was observed to be running back.

It is understood that several attempts were made to stop the truck, however, the it careened off the hill, capsized and flattened the shop.

It reportedly took several hours before a crane was brought in to lift the truck off the six people pinned beneath it.

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