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Driver in Llandovery bus crash that claimed 9 lives fined $600,000

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A bus driver who was charged in connection with a 2009 fatal crash in which nine people died along the Llandovery main road in St Ann, has been fined $600,000.

Forty-five-year-old Martin Clarke was fined after pleading guilty in the St Ann Home Circuit Court on Friday. 

He had been charged with six counts of causing death by dangerous driving and was fined $100,000 for each count.

His attorney, Peter Champagnie, argued that there were several clauses for establishing a case of death by dangerous driving and that the prosecution would have faced certain technical difficulties.  

About 9 p.m. on November 30, 2009,  Clarke was transporting passengers in a Toyota bus from Montego Bay, St James towards Ocho Rios, St Ann, when he crashed into another Toyota bus carrying passengers. Both buses overturned as a result of the collision. Some passengers were flung from the buses, while others were trapped in the wreckage.  

A number of the passengers were pronounced dead at hospital.