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December 12, 2012
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10 injured in JUTC bus crash


Ten persons, including a policeman and four children, received injuries after a Jamaica Urban Transit Company(JUTC) bus crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Port Royal and Orange streets, yesterday.

The crash took place about 2:45 p.m. and resulted in a traffic pile-up as cops diverted vehicular traffic to alternate routes.

The collision also dismantled a traffic light and resulted in damage to the windscreen and front end of the public passenger vehicle.

THE STAR understands that the injured cop, who is attached to the Organised Crime Investigation Division, was walking on a sidewalk close to the utility pole when the bus collided with it.

The police say objects from the pole then fell on the cop hitting him on the head and shoulder.

The injured cop was immediately taken for treatment at the Kingston Public Hospital(KPH).

The injured children were reportedly passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver of the bus along with all injured parties were also taken to the KPH.

The police attributed the crash to poor negotiation from two motorists who attempted to drive through the intersection at the same time.

Inspector Collin Millaneise of the Traffic headquarters told our news team that, "The cause of the crash from all indications was caused from two vehicles negotiating the intersection."

A man who is believed to be the driver of the vehicle that the bus collided with was taken to the Kingston Central Police Station for questioning.

It is understood that the vehicle he was driving at the time received minor damage.

After the wreckage was cleared, workmen from the Jamaica Public Service were seen carrying out repair work.

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