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Henry bemoans lives lost in crash along Old Harbour Road

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Transport and Mining Lester 'Mike' Henry says he is saddened by the careless loss of four lives in a motor vehicle crash on Friday, January 5, along the Old Harbour main Road in St Catherine.

The minister has ordered a detailed analysis of the black boxes of both motor vehicles from the Road Safety Unit by today, January 8.

However, preliminary reports indicate that speeding and overtaking were the major contributing factors to the crash. The crash was so intense that it caused the four airbags in both motor vehicles to deploy.

Henry was informed that both motor cars were operating as public passenger vehicles without the requisite road licences and insurance coverage. The crash has been the worse so far this year, and among the injured were members of the Jamaica Constabulary and Defence Forces.

Henry said he was dis-appointed that persons who have sworn to uphold the law were each a passenger in a vehicle being driven illegally by the driver.

He is appealing to members of the public to ensure that they take full responsibility for their safety by utilising only the designated vehicles in the transport sector.

The transport minister says he is sending a strong message to those who are using their motor vehicles in an illegal manner that he will not condone these practices, as passengers must be protected against any injury that they may sustain in a crash.