Works Minister meets family of crushed highway worker

WORKS and Infrastructure Minister Emmanuel George yesterday visited the family of Ronnie Deonarine, the Junior Sammy company worker who was killed on the Golconda to Debe segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension to Point Fortin project on Thursday.

George met Deonarine's wife Denise and only child, 13-year-old Dillon, at the family's home at Sancho Road, New Grant near Princes Town.

He offered condolences on behalf of the Government, and later told reporters that work at the project site had been suspended indefinitely.

At around 8.30 a.m Thursday, Deonarine, 45, was driving a Caterpillar roller onto a trailer truck, when the machine slipped off the side of the truck. Deonarine jumped from the roller, which overturned and pinned him. He died at the San Fernando General Hospital.

Witnesses said that had Deonarine stayed in the machine as it toppled, he may have survived.

George said that the Junior Sammy Group of Companies would foot Deonarine's the funeral cost, and that an investigation would be conducted.

The Express was told that Deonarine died from spinal and pelvic injuries.

The funeral will be held today at the New Grant Pentecostal Church.

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