Manhunt launched for suspects linked to Clarendon truck hijack

Racquel A. McKenzie

2 months ago

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A manhunt has been launched for the gunmen who attempted to hijack a truck transporting goods along the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon yesterday morning.

The driver of the truck was also shot and injured in the ordeal.

Reports from investigators state that shortly after 3:00 a.m., the driver exited a warehouse in Old Harbour, St Catherine with a supply of wine other beverages to be delivered at an all-inclusive hotel in Westmoreland.

While on route to Westmoreland, the driver noticed that a Toyota Probox Motor car was tailing him. Upon reaching the Bustamante Highway, the car drove beside the truck and the occupants opened fire hitting the driver in his right shoulder.

It is understood that while the driver was trying to elude the gunmen during a high-speed chase, however the driver used to truck to ram the Probox when the men attempted to overtake his vehicle causing both vehicles to crash.

Shortly after the crash, one of the gunmen opened fire again hitting the truck driver in his left shoulder.

A passing motorist rendered assistance and called the fire brigade as the injured driver was pinned in the cab of the truck.

Motorists also aided the men in their ploy to remove their vehicle which was pinned under the rear of the truck allowing them to make their getaway. It is understood however that the motorists were incognizant that these men were armed.

Moments later firefighters arrived, removed the wounded driver from the wreckage, and transported him to hospital where he remains hospitalized.

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