Boul­ders kill boy, twin sis­ters hos­pi­talised

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Andrew Har­ris Sun­day Gleaner Writer andrew.har­ris@glean­erjm.com

ONE CHILD died and two oth­ers are now hos­pi­talised af­ter sev­eral boul­ders fell on a house they were in on Fri­day night at Broadgate, St Mary.

The chil­dren were said to be watch­ing tele­vi­sion at their aunt’s house. How­ever, shortly af­ter she stepped out, three boul­ders rolled down the hill­side and smashed into the house, killing 12-year-old Ra­heem Davey and hos­pi­tal­is­ing eight-year-old twin sis­ters Shanelle and Janelle Brown. One of the girls is said to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, un­able to breathe on her own, while her sis­ter is in sta­ble con­di­tion.

One of the boul­ders also par­tially dam­aged a neigh­bour­ing house.

TRAGIC SIT­U­A­TION

“It’s a tragic sit­u­a­tion, un­fore­seen and un­for­tu­nate. We un­der­stand the plight of the fam­ily and have vis­ited them. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties are aware, we are pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance and mak­ing fur­ther steps to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion,” coun­cil­lor for the Castle­ton di­vi­sion, Len­ford Dan­vers, told The Sun­day Gleaner.

He noted that it was a hilly area and that stones tend to roll down oc­ca­sion­ally. Dan­vers also shared that dur­ing the drought pe­riod, there were sev­eral fires in the area. Added to that, it is be­lieved that the re­cent con­tin­u­ous rain­fall, which sat­u­rated the hill­side, could have been a con­tribut­ing fac­tor.

“We can­not re­ally say what was the cause, but we think that the re­cent heavy rain­fall may have had some­thing to do with it. A geotech­ni­cal sur­vey will have to be done to re­ally make that de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he added.

One child died and two oth­ers are now hos­pi­talised af­ter sev­eral boul­ders fell on a house they were in on Fri­day night at Broadgate, St Mary.

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