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UPDATE: Fourth person dies in Highway 2000 crash

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 7:23 AM
First responders carry an injured passenger on a stretcher.

The police yesterday confirmed the death of  a fourth person from the bus crash on Highway 2000 on Wednesday night.

The male victim who is yet to be identified died in the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon yesterday.

The other victims include the bus driver 54-year-old Everton Melhado of Dawkin district in James Hill, Clarendon, 66-year-old Vernica Edwards of Trout Hall Clarendon, and 60-year-old Hortence Barnett.

The loaded minibus, which is registered as a public passenger vehicle, crashed at a section of the highway between the Vineyards toll plaza and the Spanish Town exit around 10:30 Wednesday night.

Yesterday head of the Highway and Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that initial investigations reveal the crash was caused by a defective tyre and excessive speeding. 

Allen said the police are now trying to determine who owns the bus to see whether charges can be laid against anyone for the mechanical defects that led to the accident.

He is appealing to drivers and owners of public passenger vehicles to ensure that vehicles are in good mechanical condition to prevent loss of life on the roads.

 

SSP Calvin Allen

The crash comes only weeks after five people were killed in an accident along the Laughlands main road in the parish.

The police say the policewoman who owns that vehicle will be charged for aiding and abetting and having no road licence or insurance coverage.