Hundreds of motorist traveling along the elegant corridor at Rosehall in Montego Bay, St. James, were left stranded on Friday morning, after a tanker transporting liquid cooking gas, developed mechanical problems and burst into flames in the vicinity of the hotel formally known as Whyndam Rosehall.
The raging fire left the highway in a massive traffic pile-up as motorists, pedestrians and resort operators evacuated the immediate area in fear of their lives.
The police reported that about 7:00 a.m., the driver of the gas truck was traveling from Montego Bay, toward Falmouth.
On reaching a section of the Rosehall main road, the truck developed mechanical problems and caught fire. The driver managed to run from the vehicle seconds before it burst into flames.
Several fire units, tankers and an emergency ambulance from the St. James and Trelawny Fire Departments were alerted to the scene. Upon arrival, the firemen focused on cooling down the tank which contained the cooking gas so that it did not explode.
Several tourists, students and resort workers could be seen walking from one point to the next, as the entire roadway was impassable.
Burchel Christie, an eyewitness to the entire happening told our news team that, he was standing outside his workplace when he saw the cooking gas tanker pulled up, and the driver alighted from the cabin while on his phone.
Christie stated that what transpired next sent him in shock, as the truck burst into flames and the driver barely managed to run through the flames and escape.