Bus Drivers Strike After Two Colleagues Killed Over Cab Driver Stabbing

Two Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) employees -- one of them believed to be a bus driver -- were shot and killed in separate incidents in the Corporate Area between last night and early this morning.

It is understood that as a result of the killings, JUTC bus operators withdrew their services this morning leaving hundreds of commuters stranded across the Kingston metropolitan area.

Reports indicate that one JUTC employee was killed in the Rockfort area, in east Kingston last night.

The other was reportedly killed on Oxford Road, in St Andrew.

JUTC’s Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms confirmed the deaths of two employees and the protest by their colleagues.

“Yes, there is, in fact, a strike action. The details are very sketchy at this time. It may have to do with the double deaths. Two of our colleagues, one last night and the other sometime this morning,” he told The Gleaner.

Transport Minister Robert Montague has indicated that he will meet with executives of the state-owned bus company later today.

Meanwhile, a video is being circulated of a man believed to be a taxi operator being rushed to hospital after he was reportedly injured along Washington Boulevard, also in St Andrew, last evening.

In the video recording, there are allegations that a JUTC driver may have been involved in the incident that caused the injuries.

Thoms acknowledged that he was aware of the injury to the taxi operator, but did not provide any details relating to that incident.

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