Deadly St Ann crash: Conductor and driver switched roles, bus defective
Transport Minister Mike Henry has revealed a number of breaches of transport regulations by the operators of the bus which crashed in St Ann yesterday, leaving five people dead.
Henry says preliminary reports suggest that the mini bus was defective and was not operating in accordance with the requirements of the Transport Authority.
He says an inspection of the wreckage revealed that the drive shaft was converted to fit the engine and was welded instead of being properly secured with nuts and bolts.
Henry says the welded areas showed sign of breaking over time and gave way yesterday morning.
It’s understood that the designated driver was acting as the conductor, while the conductor was driving the bus.
The bus was also being operated without a renewed road licence.
The transport minister has expressed shock and outrage at what he says is the needless loss of five lives.
Henry says this tragedy is an indictment on those non-conforming operators, who continue to disregard law and order.
He says he has instructed the Transport Authority and the Island Traffic Authority to spare no efforts within the law to ensure that public passenger vehicles are safe and are operating within the prescribed regulation.
Those killed have been identified as 43-year-old school principal Kareen Johnson of Charles Town; security guard, Odain Latty; Charles Anthony Jones; and Kevin Minto.