St John’s Road residents peeved
Truck pulls down JPS wires; customers rue loss of electricity
Residents and business operators on St John’s Road in St Catherine are fuming after a truck yesterday accidentally pulled down guy wires in their community disrupting power to several areas and damaging motor vehicles.
The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) began effecting repairs yesterday, however because of the extensive damage, no timeline was given.
About 10 a.m. yesterday, the driver of a truck was passing along the roadway when the top of the vehicle reportedly got entangled with hanging power lines.
This resulted in downed power cables, power outage, broken light poles, and damage to two motor vehicles in the vicinity of Golden Mews at 6 St John’s Road and Cheddars Wholesale.
Residents told The Gleaner the driver did not stop to examine the extent of the damage.
“We are not animals … nuh animal nuh live in ya. We a human being... Don’t do nothing to we community and say yuh fraid fi stop cause we ago eat yuh, we just want the wrong corrected,” said Steven Edwards, a resident.
He said his household would be greatly affected and hoped the power would be restored speedily.
“It affects me cause right now mi want know how mi daughter a guh sleep tonight (last night) with so much mosquitos. This come in like a salt we salt,” Edwards said.
A resident said she narrowly escaped injury and had to run when the poles came falling down.
A shop operator said she had to close her business for the day.
She also operates a Cash Pot outlet, adding further to her loss of income.
“Mi afi lock down mi business, mi business work with current. Mi have a burger shop, bar, Cash Pot everything lock down,” she said, wondering aloud if the power would return soon.
Cleveland Denton, the owner of one of the damaged vehicles, said he wanted to know who would be held responsible for the damage to his motor car.
“Who ago response for it, because the man weh drive the truck gone and JPS say dem nuh response for it. Dem say the truck man run but dem get the licence plate number,” Denton said.
The incident has been reported to the police.
A passing JPS work crew was on hand conducting an assessment and told The Gleaner that the damage was extensive.
Public Relations Manager at JPS, Audrey Williams, said a repair crew has been dispatched to the area to carry out repairs and restore supply to the affected customers.
“Passing truck got caught in overhead guy wire causing secondary poles, transformer bushing and lugs to break along St John’s Road. Customers are presently without supply,” Williams told The Gleaner at press time.