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Britons killed in Jamaican crash

Three members of a British family have been killed in a road crash in Jamaica.

The family, mainly from Windermere, Cumbria, was travelling in a minibus which was in collision with a pick-up truck between Kingston and Montego Bay in the early hours of Sunday.

Kathleen Rawlinson, 45, of Windermere, her ex-partner Gary Bamford, 49, of Ludlow, and Mr Bamford's daughter, Caisie Muller, 17, of Brighton, all died.

Miss Rawlinson's 25-year-old daughter, named locally as Josie, from Windermere, was injured in the collision and is in a serious but stable condition in Jamaica. Her partner, a 22-year-old man from Windermere, suffered minor injuries.

Mr Bamford's 15-year-old son from Brighton, named locally as Owen, also received minor injuries. A fourth person, Talei Jones, a close family friend from Canada, was also killed in the crash at around 12.10am on Sunday, Cumbria Constabulary said.

In a statement issued through the force, a family member said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our family. They will be greatly missed. Please respect our wishes at this time to be left alone to come to terms with our grief."

The Jamaica Observer said the crash happened in Trelawny, in the north-west of the island. It quoted police as saying Mr Bamford was driving the minibus while a local man, Bryan Clarke, 36, was driving the pick-up, and was also injured. The vehicles crashed head-on and were both severely damaged, police told the newspaper.

Miss Rawlinson's neighbour, Marilyn Whitehead, 73, said what happened was particularly tragic because Miss Rawlinson had been confined to a wheelchair following an accident in Spain some years ago.

"She was a very, very nice person. The tragedy is that the reason she was in a wheelchair was that she had a very bad accident on the road in Spain and it's just dreadful that it's happened again and she has lost her life," said Mrs Whitehead, of Windermere.

"I think everybody is shocked, absolutely shocked. You just don't expect it to happen. It's like lightening striking twice. I can't believe it," she added.


From Belfast Telegraph