School children among 44 injured in collision
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 8, 2012 – An urgent appeal is being made for people to donate blood to the Mandeville Hospital to assist accident victims injured in a two-vehicle collision on the Pen Hill Road in Mandeville, Manchester yesterday morning.
A total of 44 people, mainly school children, were injured in the accident which involved a small Hiace bus and a truck.
Some of the injured were treated at the Percy Junior Hospital at Spaldings.
Injuries ranged from broken limbs, fractured skulls, bruises about the body.
"It no pretty," said Camille Newton, mother of two of the injured students. Both her daughters ages 12 and 16 attend the Bishop Gibson High School, and were being treated for a broken leg, fractured skull and bruises to the face and head.
Students from other schools, including Christiana High, Manchester High, Holmwood Technical, and Victor Dixon High were also treated for bruises, broken bones and fractures.
Yesterday’s accident has also prompted Councillor Leroy Mitchell to renew calls for speed traps in the area.