One dead, two injured as lorry collides with mud wall at Yarakaita

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The motor lorry that collided with the mud wall at Yarakaita Access Road

A tragic accident that occurred on Saturday at around 17:50 h on the Yarakaita Access Road, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) has left one man dead and two others injured.

Dead is 26-year-old Mark Wells of Kumaka Water Front, Mabaruma, Region One. Hospitalised are Leroy Chu, 17, of Kumaka Junction, Mabaruma, and Edwin King, 35, of Kumaka Stretch, Mabaruma.

A Police report said that the accident involved motor lorry GWW 609 which was being driven by John Peter,27, of Kumaka Stretch, Mabaruma. The occupants of the vehicle were Wells, Chu, King, and two others whose names and addresses are unknown at this time.

They Break News understands that the motor lorry was proceeding west along the Yarakaita Access Road at a fast rate when it was alleged by the driver that while he was descending a hill, the steering arm which has been defective for a while, became loose causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

The lorry ended up colliding into a mud wall on the northern side of the road causing the vehicle to spin around and turn turtle. At the time,  there were two other persons in the cab, whose names are unknown. Chu, Wells, and King were in the tray of the vehicle.

As a result of the collision, the three occupants in the tray fell out of the vehicle and onto the roadway receiving injuries to their bodies. Wells received a laceration to the right ankle, and abrasions to his left shoulder and about his body. King received abrasions about his body and Chu sustained lacerations to his left side head, left ankle, and abrasion to the back left side shoulder. 

Wells and King were picked up in an unconscious condition, while Chu was picked up in a conscious condition by the Mabaruma Regional Hospital Ambulance. They were taken to the Mabaruma Regional Hospital where Wells was pronounced dead on arrival around 20:25 h.

The body of the deceased is presently lying in the Mabaruma Regional Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination. King and Chu were examined and admitted as patients. King’s condition is listed as critical while Chu is in a stable condition. 

A notice of intended prosecution has been served on the driver of the motor lorry. He is presently in Police custody as investigations continue.

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