Tractor driver killed after car ploughs into trailer

A collision involving a car and a tractor towing a trailer, which occurred yesterday morning on the Friendship Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), has left the tractor’s driver dead, while the other was said to be too intoxicated to even give a statement.

Bissoondial Nihal

Bissoondial Nihal

Relatives say that 57-year-old Bissoondial Nihal, the tractor’s driver, and six of his workers were making their way from Nihal’s home at 17 Busby Dam, Craig, EBD, to his farm in Garden of Eden, EBD, when the intoxicated driver slammed his Toyota Premio into the back of the trailer, around 7 am.

Residents of the area where the accident occurred said that the impact flung Nihal from the tractor into the space between the tractor and the trailer. “I did sitting down in me yard and all I hear is blam, and when I look, I see the man on the road and the tractor heading fuh de drain,” said one woman.

Nihal’s wife said that the day had started the way it had for years, with Nihal leaving home between 6:00 am and 6:30 am. She said that he had left with his workers, who usually met him at his home, to go work his farm.

The tractor which Bissoondial Nihal was driving at the time of the accident

The tractor which Bissoondial Nihal was driving at the time of the accident

Naitram Nihal, the man’s son was on the trailer when the car hit. He said that he saw the car coming up behind the trailer at a very fast pace. He said that he thought nothing of the car’s speed and assumed that when it got close enough it would simply overtake the tractor and trailer. This however, never happened. “The man didn’t even mash he brakes, they aint had no brake impressions at the scene, he just run into we with all the speed he did going with.”

“When he hit the back of the trailer I fall over the side, but I hold on pon the railing at the side and did halfway on de road,” said Naitram. He said that as he held onto the railing, which became somewhat dislodged by the impact, he witnessed the other passengers of the trailer being rolled around, and even falling onto  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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