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UPDATE: Our buses are safe, says JUTC after fire

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is seeking to allay fears concerning the safety of their buses following an incident last night where one of its units was destroyed by fire.

The bus was reportedly on Hope Road and was coming from downtown Kingston via Mountain View Avenue, when it caught fire.

The company's Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms in a statement this morning said that the buses as a matter of course are routinely serviced and maintained.

“Our drivers are also trained such that they disembark passengers as a matter of priority in treating with these issues when they arise,” he said.

Reports are that around 7:35 pm, the driver set down passengers at a bus stop adjacent to the Clock Tower Plaza on Hope Road, when he was alerted by other passengers that there was a fire inside the back of the bus. The driver reportedly ushered the remaining passengersoff the unit with a view to put out the fire with anextinguisher. However, the bus became quickly engulfed in flames.

The company said that it along with the police have since launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of the JUTC, Paul Abrahams, said preliminary reports from the police and the company's investigators reveal that the engine compartment wasnot damaged or burnt.

“It is therefore clear that investigators must pursue a different angle" he said, noting that “no one was injured and for that we are truly grateful”.

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