Linden businessman dies after crashing into lumber truck
Leon Barrett, popularly known as ‘Junior,’ and ‘Bryan’, a 61-one-year old Businessman, and APNU Region 10 Councilor of 29 Bruce Alley Christianburg died yesterday morning at the Linden Hospital Complex, despite the valiant efforts of doctors and nurses at the institution to save his life.
He was rushed there shortly after slamming into the back of a lumber truck on the Soesdyke-Linden highway, in the vicinity of Amelia’s Ward.
According to Barrett’s son, Seon, his father” had left home shortly after 5:00 hours, to take his wife, Paulette, to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Seon said that his mother Paulette called him about 15 minutes later, informing him that they had been in an accident.
“She said that she and me father de gaffing normally when they observed a car coming from the opposite direction- so is pull he pull over in the corner and slam into this truck that was going up the hill. My mother said that they didn’t see the truck, all they see was the car. And they just feel this heavy impact. The woman reportedly lost consciousness immediately. They were both rushed to the Linden Hospital.
The distraught young man said that based upon his “deductions” the rear lights on the truck’s trailer were obscured by the lumber, which would have been hanging downward as the vehicle climbed the hill. Added to that, he pointed out, was the fact that the place was very foggy.
Paulette Barrett fortunately escaped with a cracked head and minor lacerations to the face. She is presently under observation at the Linden Hospital Complex.
Her husband on the other hand reportedly suffered severe head and facial injuries.
Up to the time of his death, Leon “Junior” Barrett had operated a thriving variety business in the Mackenzie Market with his son Seon’s assistance.
He was a member of the board of Directors of the Linden Utility Services Coop Society Limited and Vice President of the Mackenzie Sports Club Committee of Management. He leaves to mourn his sons, Seon, Adrian, Colin, and his wife Paulette and other relatives.
The most horrific accident to have occurred involving a lumber truck was a few years ago when ten persons lost their lives after the minibus they were travelling in slammed into a laden lumber truck, also in the vicinity of Amelia’s Ward.