Two people are confirmed dead, four children are reportedly battling for life and 19 others are hospitalized following a three-vehicle collision yesterday afternoon in St James.
The incident took place about 3:55 on the Flanker Main Road in the parish.
According to reports, a White Toyota Corolla motor car with two adults aboard was travelling along the main road towards Montego Bay, when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle.
The car ran across a median unto the opposite side of the road, crashing into a Nissan Caravan bus that was carrying fifteen students.
A third vehicle, a Nissan AD Wagon with five children aboard which was travelling behind the bus, also slammed into one of the vehicles.
The driver of the Nissan wagon spoke to the media shortly after the crash.
Sources in the parish say the drivers of the bus and the Toyota car have died, although up to late last evening, the Police were yet to confirm their identities.
The two drivers had been trapped in their vehicles, and had to be extricated by firefighters from the Freeport Fire Station, who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident.
O’neil Kerr is District Officer from the Freeport Police Station.
Meanwhile, Nationwide News understands that as of this morning, two of the children involved in the accident have been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny.
The injured students come primarily from three schools, whose principals have been notified.
The Ministry of Education’s Regional Director has also been notified, and the Ministry’s Chaplaincy Unit is to attend today’s devotions.