Nine-vehicle collision sparks chaos in MoBay

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — It was a chaotic scene in a section of Montego Bay, St James, yesterday afternoon, following the collision of nine vehicles, including a Jamaica Fire Brigade truck.

When the dust settled, three members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, including the driver of the truck, and two other individuals were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for treatment.

Their conditions were not reportedly life-threatening.

According to a firefighter who spoke to the Jamaica Observer on condition of anonymity because he had no authorisation to talk to the media, the drama started to unfold about 2:20 pm when the truck, which had been dispatched from the Ironshore Fire Station, was driving up Market Street, Montego Bay, in response to a call.

Upon reaching the King Street intersection, the fire unit reportedly rammed into a motor car that triggered a domino effect. The unit failed to come to a halt immediately, and slammed into another car, which resulted in other vehicles sustaining damage.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade truck also crashed into two utility poles, breaking them, before coming to a stop.

It is reported that the fire unit was among the vehicles that were extensively damaged.

Miraculously, no pedestrians were hurt during the multiple collisions on the usually busy thoroughfare.

One taxi operator, who claimed to have witnessed the crash, blamed a motorist for failing to give way to the fire truck which had its siren blaring.

“The fire truck have the siren on and yet the driver drove out and caused the accident,” the cabbie told the Observer.

Another taxi operator, who said he came on the scene after the collisions, described the scene as chaotic.

“A pure chaos when me reach pon the scene. Wrecker gone with the vehicle them but another fire truck still on the scene,” the taxi operator, who plies the Montego Bay to Cornwall Courts route, said late yesterday evening.

Personnel from the traffic department of the Freeport Police Station are investigating.

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