Four of 5 persons killed in major crash on PJ patterson highway on Monday, identified

by April 14th, 2021

The police have released the identities of 4 of 5 persons killed in a major motor vehicle collision on the PJ Patterson Highway on Monday (April 12).

Dead are 45-year-old Dwight Geohagen, a construction worker of Decarteret Road, Mandeville, Manchester; 36-year-old Cornella Montaque of Harry Watch District, Manchester; 31-year-old Christopher Barrett, of Sunset Avenue, Knock Patrick, Manchester; and 20-year-old Janella Maitland of Brettford Avenue, Molynes Road, St. Andrew.

The fifth person remains unidentified.

Reports from the Spanish Town police are that about 11:00 a.m., a public passenger Toyota Hiace bus was travelling along the roadway when it is alleged that one of the tyres blew out.

The driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and collided in the rear of a motor truck before it over turned several times and crashed into the median.

Geohagen, Montaque, Barrett and the unidentified person died on the scene.

Eleven other occupants of the bus were transported to hospital and admitted in serious condition.

Maitland later succumbed to her injuries.