Two persons are dead, while two others sustained injuries after yet another road accident, this time
in the North West District.
Dead are Carlos Hinds, 21, of Lot 9 Area ‘C’ Temple Road, Ogle, East Coast Demerara, and Herzon Abrams, 26, of Moruka Village. Both are employees of the Canada-owned Reunion Manganese Company.
The injured are Rajev Dhanraj, of Lot 411 Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, received lacerations to the face and hands and Owen Semple of Port Kaituma.
According to the police in a press statement they are investigating the fatal accident which occurred about 21:50 on Monday.
The police stated that the accident occurred in the vicinity of 6 Miles, Matthews Ridge, North West District.
So far, the police have stated that Abrams and Hinds were sitting in the tray of motor lorry GMM 9285 which was descending a hill at the time.
Investigators say that the driver who was identified as Edmond Downer, lost control of the vehicle causing it to topple. Kaieteur News was told that the truck was transporting sand. The vehicle ended up in a ravine and the two were pinned underneath.
They were subsequently removed and rushed to the Matthews Ridge Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
Dhanraj and Semple were transported to Georgetown.
Dhanraj told Kaieteur News that they were heading back to Matthews Ridge when the accident occurred. He said that the driver was going down a hill and lost control of the truck and everyone was thrown off of it.
According to Dhanraj, his two friends who died were trapped underneath the sand. He said that by the time they were pulled from the sand, they appeared to be dead.
Meanwhile relatives of the dead men were inconsolable after identifying the bodies at the Lyken Funeral Home.
Glynis Beaton, an aunt of Carlos Hinds, told Kaieteur News that relatives received the news about the accident sometime after 23:00hrs on Monday. Beaton is also employed by the Reunion Manganese Company.
According to the woman, her nephew, who is the only child for his parents, only started working at the
company in March this year.
His position at the company was a “sampler” a profession he was planning to further, his aunt said.
“He was in the process of applying for a scholarship so he could further his studies,” she disclosed.
Beaton described her nephew as a humble and loving person, stating that the death has plunged the family into shock and disbelief.
Sonia Abrams, an older sister of Herzon Abrams, said the family heard about the accident late Monday night. She said her brother was employed as a geo-technical officer.
David Fenell, the CEO of the company, yesterday told Kaieteur News that his company will be doing everything to assist the affected families.
He said that he did not know all the details, but stated that everything has to be done ensure that his employees are fine. Fenell says that his company currently employs over a 190 persons.
The driver of the vehicle is in police custody assisting with the investigations.
Meanwhile, Reunion Manganese Inc. in a press statement said that they regretted the unfortunate accident.
It was noted that the employees who died, commenced working with the company from March 9, 2011 (Hinds) and June 21, 2011 (Abrams) and were willing and competent workers.
The company explained that the two were part of a work party that went to Port Kaituma to collect sand and were returning to Matthews Ridge when the tragedy occurred.
The bodies were flown to Georgetown via Ogle and post mortem examinations are expected to be performed today.
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