The police have identified the three people killed this morning in a motor vehicle crash on the Whitehouse main road in Westmoreland.

They are 48-year-old Pixley Ellis, of Clarendon and Negril addresses.

A 47-year-old higgler, Paulette Watt, of George’s Plain in Westmoreland

And Neville Campbell, of Whithorn in Westmoreland.

The police say 18 other people were taken to hospital for treatment.

Seventeen of whom are said to be in ‘serious condition’.

The police say they’ve suffered broken bones and dislocated joints among other injuries.

This morning’s crash happened after a Toyota minibus with over 20 people on board, crashed into a truck.

The Road Safety Unit says this morning’s three casualties have pushed the number of road fatalities so far this year, to 324.

Not since 2009, have so many people been killed in road accidents in a single year.

Meanwhile, speeding is being blamed for the deadly crash.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, says there was no mechanical problem.

Mr. Hare is again appealing to motorists to exercise caution on the roads.

He says passengers must also resist the behaviour of reckless drivers.

Kenute Hare, Director of the Road Safety Unit of the Transport Ministry, speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.