Speeding minibus driver dies after crashing into lumber-laden lorry

Dead: Deoraj Alex Baldeo

A minibus driver was on Thursday killed after he crashed into a lumber-laden lorry along the Orangestein Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).
Dead is 33-year-old Deoraj Baldeo of Zeelugt, EBE.
Based on reports received, at the time of the accident, Baldeo was driving minibus BSS 7322 when it collided with the motor lorry bearing registration number GVV 9777 driven by a 60-year-old resident of Parika Outfall, EBE.

The lumber-laden truck that was involved in the accident

Preliminary investigations revealed that on the day in question about 05:15h, the lorry reversed out of a stone depot and collided with the minibus which was proceeding along the roadway at a fast pace.

As a result of the collision, Baldeo and another occupant of the minibus, Fazal Abrahim, 55, were trapped in the vehicle.

The mangled minibus that Baldeo was driving

They were eventually pulled from the wreckage by members of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where Baldeo was pronounced dead on arrival.
Abrahim, who received injuries to his head, was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in stable condition. The driver was arrested and subjected to a breathalyser test which showed no trace of alcohol in his system.