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Sleeping woman escapes death as truck ‘comes calling’
A Gasparillo woman who was asleep in bed narrowly escaped death when a part of a truck pierced the wooden house of her bedroom and crashed onto her head. The truck overturned near her home. The woman, Suzette Henry, 49, was admitted to the San Fernando General Hospital, where up until late yesterday, she was still waiting for a CT scan to determine the extent of her injuries.
While thanking God for sparing Henry’s life, her relatives said the incident brought back sad memories for them as two other members of their family, including Henry’s husband, had been killed in nearby traffic accidents several years ago. Henry’s brother-in-law, Brian Rackal, 40, recounted the incident when, around 1 am yesterday, the truck crashed into a van on the north-bound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway and ran off the road.
It overturned ten feet from the house Henry shares with six other people, just before the Gasparillo flyover. Rackal said: “I was asleep when I heard a loud noise. I looked through my window and saw the van spinning on the road. Next thing I know, the truck is overturned in our yard and I heard my sister-in-law (Henry) cry out.” When family members went to Henry’s bedroom, they found her holding her head and crying loudly.
“A piece of iron broke off from the truck, burst through the wall and burst her head while she was sleeping,” Rackal said. Rackal said when he got outside, he saw the driver of the truck. “He flew out of the cab and was lying on the grass in front of the house. “When I ran outside, I saw him on the ground. He kept saying he wanted to lie down so I took him to lie in the gallery until the ambulance came,” he added.
Rackal said the incident brought back a flood of bad memories for his family. He explained: “We have been living here 30 years. This highway take the lives of two of my brothers. In March 2008, my brother, Winston, was knocked down and killed while attempting to cross the highway. Five months later, in August, my other brother, Alexander, was killed as he walked home.” The identities of the two drivers were not revealed and the owner of the truck declined to speak to the media.
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