VIDEO: Man dies days after generator explodes on Linden/Lethem trail


A series of unfortunate events have led to the death of a Mechanic/Driver of Plot H22 Left Bank Tabatinga Drive, Lethem.

The 35-year-old man, Shawhinshaw Alley called ‘Imty’ succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday night, one week after he received third-degree burns from an exploded generator.

News Room understands that Alley was employed by Marlon Johnson of Lethem as a driver of fuel tanker Lorry #GRR 1622, which left Providence, East Bank Demerara with a porter carrying a full tank of fuel into Lethem on June 23.

On arrival at the Frenchman Trail, Upper Essequibo River, the men could not proceed further due to a broken bridge and after several days passed, they were forced to use another hilly route.

In the process of pulling up the lorry onto a hill, the rope ruptured and caused the lorry to roll down the hill and toppled onto the side.

On July 1, the men reportedly made arrangements to transfer the fuel from the tanker into another truck which Johnson took to the area and while discharging the fuel using an electric fuel pump powered by a generator, a problem was encountered.

Police said that Alley tried to remedy the situation by taking the hose out of the tanker and putting it in a barrel but some of the fuel spilled onto the generator which caused a fire.

Alley received third-degree burns on his body which was covered in fuel.

Reports are that he was rushed to Mabura Health Centre but there was no ambulance available. They then drove for several hours to the Linden Hospital.

He was treated and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He succumbed at about 06:00 hrs on Friday.

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