Ill-fated JUTC bus driver denied bail

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The driver of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus which crashed in St. Ann on Friday night killing a 16-year-old girl and leaving 40 persons injured is to spend more time in a police lock-up.

Jeremy Stewart was denied bail when he appeared in the St. Ann's Bay Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday.

Stewart was charged on the weekend with manslaughter.

He is booked to return to court on Monday.

He was taken into custody after the bus, which was chartered for a church trip, plunged 30 feet into a ravine near the Faith's Pen refreshment stop.

Most of the passengers were seriously hurt.

Sixteen-year-old Jodian Henry, a student of the Bridgeport High School, succumbed to her injuries.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Transport on the weekend said Stewart was not authorised to drive the bus.

Transport Minister Mike Henry who ordered a speedy investigation into the accident has received a report from the JUTC management on the preliminary findings.