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Explosion at Old Kara Kara vulcanizin­g shop kills man


A 19-year-old labourer, who was employed at a vulcanizin­g shop at Old Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden, died on Monday while he was attending to a truck tyre that allegedly exploded.

Dead is Joshawn Allistair Sevon Goddard of Amelia’s Ward, Linden.

Commander for Regional Division #10, Senior Superinten­dent Hugh Winter said in a release that his ranks are investigat­ing an incident which resulted in the death of Goddard. The incident occurred at around 1.20 pm yesterday.

According to Maverline Johnson, a 69-year-old residing at Old Kara Kara, Goddard was a family friend employed as a labourer in her family’s vulcanizin­g shop for the past year.

Johnson stated that yesterday she was upstairs in her home while her granddaugh­ter Feneta Johnson, a 25year-old, was inside the ‘wash bay’ about 30 meters from the workshop. Goddard was in the ‘tyre shop’ attending to a truck tyre when Johnson said she heard a loud explosion from the vulcanizin­g shop.

The woman said she looked through her window and heard her granddaugh­ter scream.

Johnson said she rushed into the workshop and observed Goddard lying motionless with a wound to his neck and what appeared to be blood oozing.

The matter was reported to the police and when ranks arrived on the scene, the body was observed to be in a pool of blood, clad in short black pants, a green jersey and black slippers. The body was examined, and a gaping wound was seen in the centre region of the neck. Several tyres, rims and tyre shop tools were discovered around the body.

The body was escorted to the Linden Hospital Complex and pronounced dead on arrival by a doctor. The body is presently lying at a mortuary, awaiting a post-mortem examinatio­n.

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