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Passengers escape bus fire in Jamaica

regionalbusfireKINGSTON — Passengers travelling on a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus yesterday narrowly escaped injury after a fire destroyed the vehicle along Mona Road in Kingston.

Officials of the state-owned company said the bus is valued at more than $20 million.

The driver, Peter Shakespeare, said he was alerted by a passenger sitting at the back of the bus that smoke was seen coming from the vehicle.

“Everything just happened so sudden,” the obviously shaken driver said. Passengers were immediately advised to disembark.

“I was over me yard and I saw the smoke and came out to look, that was when I saw the bus on fire,” said Lascelles Campbell.

District Officer Garth Mills of the Half-Way-Tree Fire Station said one unit was used to put out the blaze.

“Firefighters received the distress call about 1:50 p.m. and rushed to the scene,” said Mills.

Up to late yesterday, the cause of the blaze was still being investigated. (Observer)

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