UPDATE: 2-year-old among 5 from Portland crash transferred to St Ann's Bay hospital
Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer
Five of nine persons who were hospitalised after a three-vehicle crash last night in Port Antonio, Portland have been transferred to the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital in St Ann.
A two-year-old child who is among the five is said to be in critical condition.
A pedal cyclist died on the spot on Allan Avenue after he was hit by one of the motor cars. He has since been identified as 40-year-old musician Chadwick Buchanan.
According to Detective Inspector Linton Bailey, of the Port Antonio police, the driver of the vehicle that reportedly caused the crash is now in a stable condition at hospital and will be questioned by the police tomorrow.
"Clearly this particular accident was as a result of speeding," said Bailey.
"A life has been taken and several persons including a two-year-old child remain at hospital. We continue to implore motorists to drive within the prescribed speed limit, but where this accident has taken place there was no need for any speeding," Bailey added.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. a Toyota Wish, with two people aboard, was travelling westerly towards Port Antonio when it reportedly slammed into a white Fila taxi, which was making a right turn unto Smart Road.
The Toyota Wish then hit the pedal cyclist, who was thrown from his bicycle unto a concrete pavement, before slamming into a grey motor car that was parked. The Toyota, according to eye witnesses, flipped several times before stopping on its top.
The Portland police are still investigating.