Clarendon minibus driver turns himself in

September 11, 2016

The driver of the ill-fated motor vehicle which crashed along the Crooks Gate main road in Clarendon last Friday injuring 23 students and five others, was taken into police custody yesterday.

The driver, Clovis Duncan, was reportedly taken to the police in the company of a friend. 

Head of the Clarendon police, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey told THE STAR that the driver will be slapped with multiple charges of breaches of the Road Traffic Act this week. “He will face charges of driving without insurance, dangerous driving, failing to report an accident, among other things,” SSP Bailey said.

Reports are that about 9 a.m.last Friday, the bus, a Toyota Hiace, which was transporting Garvey Maceo High School students, crashed into a licensed taxi with several passengers. The bus reportedly flipped more than once after hitting the car. The incident left one student in a vegetative state. 

THE STAR understands that the vehicle had been under the microscope of the Transport Authority for some time. "While on operation yesterday [last Thursday], we had tried to intercept this vehicle because we noticed it was operating illegally. However, it eluded us twice, and it's not the first time we notice that bus operating," Arlene Smith, the Transport Authority's regional manager for the southern region, had told THE STAR.

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