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Trailer driver dies in crash on North-South Highway

Superintendent Courtney Coubrie, Operations Officer at the Highway and Traffic Division
 
A 20 year-old trailer driver died in a crash on the Mammee Bay leg of the North/South Highway on Friday morning.
    
He has been identified as Jubelanie Dennis of Poincianna Drive, Cedar Grove Estate in St. Catherine.   
    
The crash occurred about 4:45. 
    
Superintendent Courtney Coubrie, Operations Officer at the Highway and Traffic Division, said the trailer was transporting crude oil to Trelawny when it is believed that it might have developed braking problems. 
 
The driver reportedly utilised the escape lane provided on the highway, however, the trailer ran the length of the road and crashed into rocks. 
 
"It would appear as if he might have selected the wrong section of the escape lane. There is one that is filled with sand in order to retract the vehicle...from going forward, and there is another that is somewhat unpaved," Superintendent Coubrie explained.  
 
In the meantime, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said the oil spill from the crash has been contained.
   
First responders from the Jamaica Fire Brigade and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) are on location.
 
186 killed in motor vehicle crashes
 
In the meantime, 186 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year. 
   
However, fatal crashes and fatalities have decreased by three per cent and 11 per cent respectively when compared with the corresponding period in 2016.      
   
Pedestrians account for 25 per cent of road users killed since January 1.
   
Motorcyclists account for 31 per cent, while 11 per cent of the people killed were 60 years old and over.  
    
Fifty three per cent of the fatal crashes occurred in Westmoreland, St. Catherine, St. Ann, and Hanover.
 
 


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