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Driver in St Ann bus crash facing manslaughter charges

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 1:17 PM
The minibus involved in a deadly crash on Friday in St Ann is pictured on its side. Five persons died in the accident.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

The St Ann police say the conductor who was driving the minibus involved in a deadly crash on Friday has now surrendered and will be charged with five counts of manslaughter and other offences.

A basic school principal, the designated driver who was a passenger at the time of the crash and three other men died when the welded drive shaft of the bus broke causing the vehicle to overturn after slamming into a Toyota RAV4.

The police say the conductor turned in himself in the company of his lawyer on Sunday.

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Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen says the road licence for the bus had expired and the conductor was not licensed to drive the vehicle either.

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The victims have been identified as 43-year-old Kareen Johnson, principal of the Orange Hill Basic School in Brown's Town; Odain Latty, a security guard, Charles Anthony Jones and Kevin Minto.

The police are yet to identify the body of the fifth person who died in the accident.