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JUTC suspects arson as cause of Tuesday's bus fire

JUTC Managing Director Paul Abrahams
 
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) suspects arson in Tuesday evening's fire which destroyed one of its buses near Half Way Tree in St. Andrew.
 
The JUTC said preliminary reports from the police and the company's investigators revealed that the engine compartment of the bus was not damaged or burnt. 
 
JUTC Managing Director Paul Abrahams, who was speaking on the Morning Agenda show on Power 106 FM, said there is compelling information which suggests foul play.  
 
It was reported that about 7:35, the driver was letting off passengers adjacent to Clock Tower Plaza.
 
He was alerted by other passengers that there was a fire at the back of the bus. 
 
The driver reportedly ushered the remaining passengers off the unit with a view to put out the fire with an extinguisher. 
 
However, the bus was quickly engulfed in flames. 
 
No one was injured.
 
Tracking system 
 
Mr. Abrahams said the JUTC has started to install tracking technology on some of its buses to improve operational efficiency.
 
The tracking system enables commuters to have real time information on the bus schedule.
 
The system is being tested on 21 buses. 


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