A tragic motor vehicle crash in Manchester on Thursday morning claimed the lives of four persons, including three female students of the Holmwood Technical High School.
The school community has been hit hard by the tragedy in the midst of celebrating its victory at last weekend's Issa/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships.
The celebration of the athletes' exploits last weekend quickly faded as families and the school community mourn the tragic deaths of the students.
The Toyota Hiace minibus in which they were travelling to school crashed into a wall in Succeed, Manchester just after 8 o'clock.
The girls died on the spot while several others, including the owner and conductor of the bus, were se verely injured and rushed to hospital.
The bus owner later died in hospital.
The police are theorising that speeding may have been the cause of the crash.
Reports are that some of the injured persons are to be airlifted to a Kingston hospital.
Principal of the school, Paul Bailey said the school community will be arranging counselling for both the staff and students at the school who were suddenly plunged into mourning.
“A very, very gloomy atmosphere …persons are just devastated, people breaking down. We assembled the students after the accident, spoke with them and we have sent them to their form rooms where further counselling and grief management will take place, we have been getting assistance from all the guidance counselors from different schools in the area,” said Dave Anderson, a coach at the Holmwood Technical High School.
Holmwood Technical was celebrating its ninth consecutive triumph at the annual athletics festival for students, where the school won the girls' title.