New Year’s Day Crash Claims Three Lives

A three vehicle collision in St. Ann this morning claimed the lives of three men. 

On Christmas Eve there were two fatal accidents in the parish. Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague is warning motorists of penalties coming their way. Just minutes after citizens welcomed the New Year, three men met their deaths in a three motor vehicle collision in on the Llandovery Main Road, St. Ann. 

They are 23-year-old Jamar Taylor of Molynes Road, Kingston 10, Brenton Brown, a driver of Golden Grove, St. Ann and Carson Whittaker of Hempstead, Runaway Bay, St. Ann. Reports from the Runaway Bay police are that about 12:05 a.m., Whittaker was driving a 2012 Toyota Axio car on the mentioned roadway when he attempted to overtake a line of traffic.

He collided with the rear of a 2004 Nissan Bluebird before colliding with an oncoming 2007 Toyota coaster bus, driven by brown who was reportedly transporting staff members from Riu hotel in Ocho Rios to Runaway Bay.

The drivers and their passengers were taken to hospital where the three men succumbed to their injuries; the others were admitted or treated and released.

Speaking in St. Mary on Friday night, Minister Robert Montague says the plea for motorists to exercise caution on the roadways is not being taken seriously, reiterating the steps taken by his ministry to treat with the issue. 

He adds that the regulations to the new Road Traffic Act will be tabled in January as well as the amendments to the transport authority act.