Truck driver killed in Moblissa Hill crash
A 61-year-old truck driver was killed at around 23:00 hrs on Monday night after another truck, laden with stone, slammed into his vehicle on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway near Moblissa Hill.
Michael Walker, of Craig, East Bank Demerara, was hurled from his cab after the impact of the crash sent his truck careening off the highway.
He landed about ten yards away from his vehicle and succumbed at the scene from severe head injuries.
Clarence Cliff, a 51-year-old porter who was sitting near Walker when the crash occurred, escaped with minor abrasions to the head.
The vehicle Walker was driving was laden with several drums of diesel fuel.
Kaieteur News understands that Walker’s truck, GEE 4295, was heading for the interior when the tragedy occurred.
The other vehicle, GJJ 8224, is owned by a construction company. The driver has since been detained.
Several hours after the crash, the badly damaged trucks had still not been towed away from the scene.
Truck porter Clarence Cliff told Kaieteur News that he and Walker were heading downhill when the other truck attempted to overtake them.
But a car was coming uphill at the same time and the other driver swerved to avoid a collision. Instead, he slammed into Walker’s truck, hitting it twice and causing both vehicles to veer off the highway.
Cliff said that the truck they were in toppled over before landing on its side.
The porter told Kaieteur News that he and Walker were wearing seat belts, but the driver’s belt apparently snapped and he was flung out of the cab.
Expecting the fuel to explode “at any time,” Cliff said he crawled through the broken windscreen and began to search for Walker. With the aid of a torchlight and assisted by a minibus driver, he eventually located Walker lying facedown in sand some ten yards from the truck.
Walker, he recalled, was still breathing, but passed away shortly after as the porter was phoning for help.
The detained driver has reportedly told police that he slammed into Walker’s truck after Walker slowed down to avoid an approaching vehicle,
Walker’s reputed wife, Nicola Schultz, told Kaieteur News that she received the news about his death from her landlord.
She said that Walker, who is survived by three children, has been driving for about 30 years “all round the country.”
He started driving the truck, which was involved in the crash last February.