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Five treated for chemical inhalation after fire extinguisher explodes on JUTC bus

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 3:19 PM

Five people including school children had to be rushed to hospital this morning after a fire extinguisher exploded on a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus.

The five were treated for chemical inhalation and later released.

JUTC Communications Manager, Reginald Allen, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the number 31 bus was travelling in the vicinity of Spanish Town Road near Weymouth Drive about 7:10 a.m. when the extinguisher exploded, releasing a chemical vapour.

Allen says this frightened the bus driver and passengers.

 

JUTC Communication Manager, Reginald Allen

He says the driver experienced difficulty opening the doors of the bus and scared passengers broke an emergency window to get out of the vehicle.

Allen says the cause of the explosion is being investigated.