A heroic effort by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) driver to rush a passenger who had a seizure while aboard a bus to hospital ended tragically after the woman died despite the attempt.
THE STAR understands that the incident took place around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon aboard a #22 JUTC bus which plies the Spanish Town to downtown, Kingston route.
Further information reaching THE STAR is that the bus driver, Carline Friend, was operating the vehicle when it was brought to her attention by other passengers that a female passenger was experiencing a fit.
It was said that the woman had been experiencing problems earlier in the journey, but the driver was not alerted until the bus reached close to the LOJ Shopping Centre in Spanish Town.
Friend then responded quickly by turning the bus around and headed swiftly to the nearby Spanish Town hospital for the woman to receive treatment.
However, THE STAR understands that the woman later died.
The corporate communications manager for the JUTC, Reginald Allen, confirmed the incident and lauded the effort displayed by Friend.
Allen later explained that such an effort might have been motivated by the sophisticated grooming which JUTC drivers receive while in training.
” It is that kind of training that prompted the driver to act in that manner … to take on that kind of responsibility and focus … it was really a heart-warming effort,” he remarked to THE STAR.
He also reassured THE STAR that such an act of heroism would not go unnoticed.
According to Allen, “typically for something like this, the person would get something on their file for commendation … they would definitely come up for recognition … .”