The incident is said to have occurred just after 10:00am during the collection of garbage in the Bird Rock neighbourhood.
According to reports, the man, Glenroy Hendrickson known as ‘Pinky’ is a resident of Conaree Village and is an employee of Admiral’s Enterprises, in Old Road. Admiral’s is the company contracted by the Solid Waste Management Corporation for the collection and disposal of solid waste in St. Kitts.
Eric Herbert a co-worker, who was on the assignment with Mr. Hendrickson at the time, said he realized what was about to happen, just seconds before, but just when he was about to call out to his colleague, to warn him of the oncoming vehicle, it was too late; and in the end Pinky was struck by the vehicle.
Herbert explained that Pinky was standing on the right step of the truck, and when the vehicle stopped, he stepped off to head toward a garbage receptacle but it seemed like he did not take precautionary measures to look out for traffic, and that is when he and the approaching vehicle collided.
Herbert said his colleague was dragged for at least 10-15 yards under the vehicle in question, with parts of his body being trapped under the wheels; causing the driver to reverse to allow Hendrickson to be removed.
When asked about Hendrickson’s condition, Herbert said that he seemed to have broken his two feet and his hands and he also received a solid blow to his head.
Herbert described Pinky a good guy, a young and strong man who only recently joined their team about a year ago.
Herbert said he always tries to remind colleagues about being careful on the roads, because of the many near misses, he himself has survived. He said it was his years of experience that always saved him.
The vehicle involved in the accident with Pinky is said to have been driven by a senior Permanent Secretary in the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, there were also many rumours circulating on Wednesday of a major accident in the rural area of St. Kitts but police have since confirmed that no such incident occurred. The rumours were suggesting that four people had died in a vehicle pile-up that was first said to be in Lodge, then Cayon then Saddlers. However they were nothing but rumours.
Police have since issued a statement, saying that the Traffic Department wishes to dispel rumours that there was a fatal traffic accident involving buses in the country area.
Head of the Traffic Department, Inspector Cromwell Henry said there was no such accident reported at any of the police stations around the island. He therefore dismissed this as a false and malicious rumour and asked that persons refrain from circulating unconfirmed reports as they cause unnecessary anxiety in the public.