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Truck crash scene still being processed

Published:Saturday | November 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Nearly a day after two persons were killed and four others seriously injured when a water truck smashed into a shop in Roehampton district, St James, the Anchovy police are still processing the scene of the tragedy.

When The Gleaner made contact with the Anchovy Police Station on Friday afternoon for an update on the investigation into the incident, the officer on duty at the station indicated that the scene of the accident was still being processed.

"The crime scene personnel are on the scene, and they have not returned as yet to give an update," said District Special Constable S. Lewis, in response to The Gleaner's query.

According to reports, on Thursday night a water truck ran off a hill and crashed into a bar and shop in Lawson Bottom, in Roehampton. The truck reportedly pinned six persons underneath it, crushing a man and a woman to death and injuring the others.

The deceased have been identified as Sadie Kerr, the operator of the shop who was said to be in her 60s, and her common-law husband, 43-year-old mason, Delva Thompson.

The other persons who were injured in the incident, including the driver of the truck, two passengers and a customer in the shop, were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they were admitted in serious but stable condition.

It is understood that the truck, which regularly delivers water to the area, was parked on a hill prior to the accident. It was seen running back down the hill and attempts were made to stop it, but the truck fell and flattened the shop. A crane was brought in to lift the vehicle off the six people pinned underneath, hours later.