Miner crushed after pick-up rolls down hill

A father of two was crushed to death after a 4-wheel drive pick-up rolled off a hill and landed in a mining camp at Duck Pond Backdam, Mazaruni, on Saturday evening.

Dead: Khemraj Singh

Dead is 57-year-old miner, Khemraj Singh of Lot 682 7th Street Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
Based on information received, the motor pick-up bearing registration number PKK 7375 was left at the top of the hill with its engine running as the driver, a resident of Liverpool, Corentyne, Berbice, went to check its headlamps.
As the driver was doing same, the vehicle reportedly rolled down the hill and crashed into the mining camp. At the time, the now dead man, his son and a female were in the camp. However, the vehicle landed on Singh but the two other occupants of the camp escaped unhurt.
Singh was picked up and rushed to the Bartica Regional Hospital in an unconscious state but was pronounced dead on arrival.
When Guyana Times visited the relatives of the dead man on Sunday, they claimed that they only received the news moments before.
Singh’s sister-in-law told this publication that the driver of the truck was visiting the camp and it was not the case that he was checking the headlamps of the vehicle.
“Brian told us that the man was visiting the camp and he come out and left the truck running and that’s how the truck ended up rolling down the hill” the woman revealed.
The family, however, could not disclose much information on the incident but revealed that Singh had been in the Mazaruni area since December last.
His aunt described him as a happy and jovial person who always ensured that their needs are taken care of.
Singh leaves to mourn his children, grandchildren, in-laws and other relatives. Police have confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and is assisting with the investigation.