Another JUTC bus destroyed by fire; company says no safety worry


The police and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) are conducting investigations after fire destroyed one of the entity's buses in Half  Way Tree, St. Andrew Tuesday evening.

No one was injured.

The number 83 bus was on its way from downtown Kingston to the transport centre in Half-Way-Tree when a passenger saw smoke and alerted the driver.

Paul Abrahams, the JUTC’s Managing Director, told RJR News that the incident occurred when the bus was in the vicinity of the Half-Way-Tree clock tower.

The fire brigade, stationed nearby, responded immediately and put out the blaze.

No one was injured he said, as “persons were taken off the bus immediately.”

In a news release Wednesday morning, Mr. Abrahams said preliminary reports from the police and the company's investigators revealed that the engine compartment of the bus was not damaged or burnt. 
Mr. Abrahams said investigators will now have to pursue a different angle with their probe.

It was the second time in less than a week that a JUTC bus has been destroyed by fire.

Mr. Abrahams told RJR News that the previous fire took place on Friday.

That bus was travelling in Bull Bay, St. Andrew when it caught fire.

Despite these latest incidents and others in the past, Mr. Abrahams has declared that “there’s no cause for concern whatsoever!”

“The buses are properly maintained and that’s why we’re doing our investigation, to see what could have caused this issue,” he added.



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