KINGSTON — A woman was burnt beyond recognition yesterday afternoon when the Toyota Rav 4 sport utility vehicle which she was driving burst into flames after it collided with a Knutsford Express passenger bus on the North Coast Highway in Trelawny.
A number of passengers on the bus reportedly sustained injuries and were rushed to Falmouth Public General Hospital.
According to head of the Trelawny Police Division, Superintendent Dwight Powell, the bus was travelling along the Braco main road when the collision occurred in the vicinity of the Tank-Weld Metals plant at Rio Bueno. The impact of the collision also shattered the Rav 4, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
The woman, who was the sole occupant of the SUV, was reportedly trapped in her seat. She died before help could reach her.
The Trelawny Police Traffic Division are investigating.
Meanwhile, superintendent Roland Walters of the fire brigade in Trelawny told the Jamaica Observer that a unit from the neighbouring parish of St Ann and one from Trelawny responded to the crash.
He said that firefighters received the call about 4:30 p.m.
Yesterday’s mishap occurred two months after another two-vehicle collision left three people dead on the the Duncans leg of the same highway.
On April 30 about 1:45 p.m., a Nissan Tiida heading in the direction of Falmouth collided with a Toyota Wish, operated as a taxi, which was going in the opposite direction.
The Nissan Tiida burst into flames. The two occupants — 26-year-old Nicholai Dennis of Mount Salem, St James and 24-year-old Quwayne Grant of a Kingston address — were trapped inside.
An elderly woman, 78-year-old Dorothy Wellington, who lived in St James and who was a passenger in the Toyota Wish, received multiple injuries and died on the spot. (Jamaica Observer)