As first reported by the Jamaica Observer, a minibus that runs from Lucea to Montego Bay was on route when it overturned along the Northern Coastal Highway in Hanover on Christmas Eve. As a result of the accident, 17 passengers were taken to the Noel Holmes Hospital located in Lucea, the injuries ranged from broken bones, displaced hips, head injuries, spinal damage etc.
According to sources, only one vehicle was involved in the accident, the Minibus is left with broken windows and windshield. Blood was also seen on the inside and outside of the bus. The driver fled the scene.
As reported by the head of the Lucea Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, District Officer Taleeni Francis, a call was received minutes after 7 pm on Friday night about the accident. The necessary services including ambulances and a fire truck were dispatched to the scene subsequent to the call. The police and the JDF also showed up at the crash site.
The bus was made to carry 15 passengers, It’s unclear how many persons in total were on the bus with 17 accounted for, as in the report more persons might have been involved.
Francis urged commuters to be careful whenever using the road, “Again, I am imploring all the motorists to be more vigilant and to remember that they are responsible for a number of lives during transportation. So, we have to be careful of our actions.”