Coomacka resident crushed by tractor

A chainsaw operator met his demise on Thursday after he was reportedly crushed by a tractor along the Malali Backdam Trail, Essequibo River.
The dead man has been identified as 43-year-old Keith Simmons of Coomacka Mines, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
According to information received, at the time of the incident, the tractor was being driven by a 34-year-old logger.
Information received revealed that the unregistered tractor was proceeding west along the Malali Backdam trail with the now-dead man standing on its front bar.
The driver reportedly lost control of the tractor thus causing Simmons to fall in front of the vehicle and came into contact with the front wheel of the vehicle.
He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where he was seen and examined by a doctor but subsequently succumbed while receiving medical attention.
The body is presently lying at the Hospital’s mortuary awaiting a Post-Mortem Examination. Police said a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver of the tractor for the presence of alcohol; however, no trace was found in his system.
Nevertheless, he was detained and is assisting with investigations.