runaway truck

The truck in which Piparo welder Richard Santana lost his life after the vehicle crashed in Guaracara on Friday.

A Piparo welder was killed after the truck in which he was a passenger lost control and crashed in Guaracara on Friday.

Richard Santana, of Dindial Settlement, Piparo, was pitched out of the truck and died almost instantly.

The driver of the truck, Shane Dindial, who is Santana’s cousin, was taken to hospital.

The crash occurred around 8.30 a.m. near the corner of Rebecca Richmond Road and Guaracara Tabaquite Road.

Santana’s sister, Susannah Santana, who was at the crash scene, spoke to the Express in a telephone interview.

Susannah said, “There was load on the truck, and coming down the hill the truck driver couldn’t get any brakes. They ran off the road, hit a lamppost, and the truck overturned in a ditch. They found Richard just outside the truck, right outside the vehicle, he probably died on impact.”

Santana, 59, was married and a father of two.


The Covid-19 death toll jumped again yesterday, with five added deaths being reported by the Ministry of Health.

The death toll from the virus now stands at 196.

The latest deaths included one elderly male and one middle-age male, both with co-morbidities; as well as two middle-age males and one middle-age female, without co-morbidities.

Pandemic tears.

Both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday confessed to being reduced to tears in the face of their “disappointment” over “the response of the national community to pandemic restrictions” and the tragic consequences that flow from it.

The Government deepened and tightened its containment measures from midnight last night, announcing that with the exception of essential services the country goes into extended lockdown until May 23.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Government to engage all stakeholders to form a united front to fight Covid-19.

“This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” Persad-Bissessar stated in a news release yesterday.

A gift of 100,000 vaccines from China will make its way to Trinidad and Tobago from next week, says Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh.

He added that some 33,600 AstraZeneca vaccines will also be arriving at Piarco on Monday from the COVAX facility.

Speaking yesterday at the Prime Minister’s news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Deyalsingh noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had given approval to the Sino­pharm vaccine for emergency use.

NATIONAL flags across the country will be flying at half-mast today as former minister of energy and energy industries Franklin Khan is laid to rest.

Khan’s funeral will be held from 10 a.m. at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna, with only ten people at the service in keeping with Covid-19 regulations.