Roadblock leaves Portland students stranded

September 05, 2016

The expected smooth start to the 2016/2017 academic school year was dealt a huge blow as hundreds of students from the eastern end of Portland were left stranded due to a massive roadblock.

The roadblock, which was mounted by taxi and mini bus operators, started along the stretch of roadway from Fair Prospect - extending to the neighbouring parish of St Thomas - covering an area of approximately 50 miles.

According to the police, from as early as 5 a.m., they received word about several roadways along the eastern route being blocked by trees, old cars, metallic drums, and other debris.

The blocked main thoroughfare affected students attending Happy Grove, Titchfield, Fair Prospect, Port Antonio and Portland high schools - resulting in dozens of students returning home.

The parish's work force was also dealt a severe blow as dozens of public sector and private sector workers were also stranded in the road block.

The police are now on the scene assisting with the clearing of the roadway.

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