Jamaica: Woman injured after falling into uncovered manhole

An elderly Jamaican woman who resides abroad, broke her right shoulder after she fell into an open manhole in the vicinity of the Brown’s Town market while visiting relatives in that St Ann town recently.

She is also awaiting X-ray results on her knee to see if that, too, is broken.

The woman, Doet Allen, told The Gleaner on Monday evening that she came home to attend a funeral and to vacation before returning to Texas, where she works, babysitting her son’s children.

Allen said no one from any government agency has contacted her since the incident happened last Wednesday afternoon, and she is yet to speak to a lawyer regarding the matter as she is focused on her recovery, even though the full extent of her injury is unknown at this time.

Mayor of St Ann’s Bay Sydney Stewart, when contacted, said although it is the responsibility of the National Works Agency to ensure that manholes are covered, the St Ann Municipal Corporation has moved to have it covered because it is in close proximity to the market, on a street where a lot of vendors use.


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