Thursday 2 July, 2020

7-y-o boy who died in freak accident at Clan Carthy identified

The police have identified the seven-year-old boy who died as a result of a freak accident at Clan Carthy Primary School in St Andrew.

Benjamin Bair of Slipe Pen Road in St Andrew sustained fatal injuries in the accident at his school on Deanery Road.

A woman was also injured in the incident. Reports from the Vineyard Town police are that about 4.30 pm, Benjamin was at school when a runaway garbage truck that had been making pick-ups on the school compound overturned and fell on him, killing him on the spot.


The truck also crushed a motorcar that was parked in the schoolyard. The driver of the truck fled the scene.

The police were summoned and the scene was processed by the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit.

At the same time, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has issued a statement expressing sadness at the tragic accident.

The NSWMA said it is “deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts, deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to the parents, members of the school community, and friends of the deceased.”

The authority said the truck in question “is not owned by or currently contracted to the NSWMA. However, our Senior Team at MPM Waste Management Limited have been dispatched since the  incident, and are on location offering moral support.”

Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon stated: “I am deeply saddened by this news. I know it’s a very painful and difficult time for the family and school community, and I want to convey sincere sympathies and condolences to them.”

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