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Roller fatally crushes man

Investigators at the crime scene.

PORT OF SPAIN — A 45-year-old man employed in the construction of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin was crushed to death yesterday.

Ronnie Deonarine, a heavy equipment operator, died while being treated in the Accident and Emergency Department at the San Fernando General Hospital. He was employed with the Junior Sammy Group of Companies for almost 12 years, relatives said. He lived at Sancho Road, New Grant, Princes Town.

Police said Deonarine was driving a Caterpillar compactor roller onto a trailer truck when he lost control of the machinery. He jumped off the roller which overturned on top of him.

The incident occurred on the construction site of the Golconda to Debe segment of the highway extension, off the SS Erin Road, Phillipine.

Employees of OAS Constructora Ltd, the main contractor in the construction of the multi-billion dollar project, were on the scene.

The Junior Sammy Group issued a statement yesterday expressing condolences and giving witness accounts of what happened.

The company stated: “Deonarine jumped out of the roller during the process of loading it onto a trailer. This resulted in the roller veering off the trailer and pinning him. The roller is designed with an ‘Open Roll Over Protective Structure’. This simply means that the structure housing the operator can withstand the weight of the roller while it is upside down without collapsing.” (Express)

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