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Truck overturns: passenger dies

By Susan Mohammed

A 52-YEAR old Chaguanas lorryman was killed and two co-workers injured when their truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks overturned on the Solomon Hochoy Highway yesterday.

Stephen James of Penco Street, Montrose, who worked at North Plant LPG of Lange Park, Chaguanas, died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Khemraj Ramkissoon, of Charles Street, Cunupia, and lorryman, Michael James, were taken to the Couva Health Centre, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Ramkissoon and Michael James are employees of North Plant LPG.

Police said the crash occurred around 1.30 p.m, when the three were headed north along the highway, back to their site office after conducting sales in San Fernando.

Ramkissoon was driving a ten-tonne truck loaded with 525 empty 25-pound gas cylinders when he lost control of the company vehicle.

The truck swerved off the highway and overturned in the bushes on the approach to the Indian Trail overpass.

James was thrown through the passenger window.

Manager of the North Plant LPG, Randhir Maharaj, said the company was saddened over the loss of James.

"Employees are trying to come to terms with what happened. Our main concern goes out to the employees involved and their families. We are prepared to do what we have to do," Maharaj told the Express.

National Petroleum also issued a statement on the crash, stating an emergency response team was dispatched to the scene and an investigation had been launched.

James's body was removed to the San Fernando Mortuary where an autopsy is expected to be performed today.   

Police officers of the San Fernando Traffic Branch are investigating.

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