Student killed by JUTC bus

June 16, 2018
A JUTC bus

A second child has died as a result of a freak accident. In the latest incident, a schoolboy was run over by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus along the Gregory Park main road in St Catherine.

Clive Blair, senior superintendent of police for St Catherine South, told The STAR that the bus was proceeding along the main road when the tragic indent took place.

"The bus stopped in the vicinity of Gregory Park and Meadow Vale Avenue to pick up passengers. Passengers board the vehicle. Just as the vehicle drove off it was brought to the attention of the driver that somebody fell out of the vehicle and the bus ran over him," he said.

The child was assisted to the Spanish Town Hospital by a motorcyclist where he was pronounced dead.


Cecil Thoms, corporate communications manager for the JUTC, said "the circumstances leading up to how the incident happened remains unclear".

He said that investigators from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the JUTC Accident Department are probing this tragic incident and they are awaiting their report.

On Tuesday, seven-year-old Easton Stapleton, Jr, was killed on the school's compound by a car being driven by a teacher. The teacher seemingly lost control of the car while reversing, struck the youngster, then crashed into a wall.

The freak accident also resulted in the injuring of a vendor when a section of the wall that was struck by the car collapsed on her. The incident has left students and teachers in a state of anguish.

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