Last lap can­celled as truck crushes mas’ player

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions came to a tragic and sud­den end on Tues­day night when a truck ran over a woman crush­ing her to death.

The de­ceased is Nikki Phillip, 25, a res­i­dent of New York, USA, who was ar­rived in An­tigua on July 24, 2016 and had been re­sid­ing in Green Bay.

The in­ci­dent took place near the round about out­side the An­tigua Recre­ation Ground shortly af­ter 9pm.

The op­er­a­tor of a drinks truck who wanted to be iden­ti­fied only as Ste­fan wit­nessed the tragedy.

He told OB­SERVER me­dia, “the truck ac­tu­ally passed and then we heard a loud “PAP” and that was it.”

Images have sur­faced of res­cuers try­ing to re­trieve Phillip from un­der the mas­sive truck. When they suc­ceeded, the woman was placed on a stretcher to a round of ap­plause from spec­ta­tors who thought she might still be alive.

Mo­ment’s later au­thor­i­ties con­firmed that the woman died from her in­juries and the tra­di­tional last lap cel­e­bra­tions were called off.

Re­ports are that the woman played mas’ with Myst Car­ni­val al­though their prin­ci­pals could not be reached up un­til press time.

For a mo­ment the in­ci­dent caused shock and panic with friends and fam­ily mem­bers wail­ing. There are re­ports that po­lice used tear gas to keep peo­ple away.

Ear­lier thousands of revel­ers and spec­ta­tors took in the fes­tiv­i­ties de­scribed by law­men as hav­ing no se­ri­ous vi­o­lent in­ci­dents.

25 years old, Nikki Phillip (source: file photo)

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