Guard dies in St Mary crash; students among six injured

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SECURITY guard Patrick Wallace, 33, was killed yesterday in an accident on the Boscobel Main road in St Mary.

Six people, including two students from Oracabessa High School and one from Oracabessa Primary School, were injured in the crash which occurred about 7:30 am.

One of the students was said to be in critical condition last night.

The injured were taken to the Port Maria and St Ann’s Bay hospitals for treatment, from where one of the students was later transferred to a hospital in Kingston.

Head of the police Traffic Division Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen said: “What I learnt is that a collision occurred along the Oracabessa main road.

It involved three vehicles — two Toyota Fielders and a Honda Torneo. One of the Toyota Fielders, a privately owned vehicle, was in the process of overtaking the Honda Torneo heading towards Ocho Rios when it collided with the other Toyota Fielder, a public passenger vehicle heading in the opposite direction,” Allen said.

Allen said the driver of the Honda Torneo swerved to avoid colliding with the vehicles but ended up in a ditch. Police said the security guard was the driver of the ill-fated Toyota Fielder that was overtaking. Principal of the Oracabessa High School Paul Lofters told the Jamaica Observer that the two students — a boy and a girl — were heading to school at the time of the crash.

He said the female student received a broken leg and injuries to her fingers, while the male student received “severe injuries to the head and was in a state of unconsciousness” following the crash. “The students are a bit sombre over the incident, knowing that their colleagues could have passed on.

They have been talking about it but we’re trying to console them as well.

They are as anxious as we are to get further updates,” Lofters said. The principal, when asked if it was customary for students to take taxis to school because of the “lack of bus services in the rural areas, said: “It is customary; we don’t have any other kind of public transportation in this side of the country,” he said. — Kimone Francis