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Guayaguayare resident Quinton
Baker was killed instantly yesterday
morning when he crashed into a
tanker transporting diesel and a
van carrying furniture on the San
Baker, 38, of Rustville, Guayagua-
yare, was reportedly overtaking five
vehicles along the bypass near
Tarouba around 10 am when he col-
lided with an SKTL tanker driven
by Michael Albert. The furniture van
was driven by Himraj Kisraj.
Albert, 33, of Gasparillo, was vis-
ibly shaken by the accident.
He told reporters there was
bumper-to-bumper traffic along the
bypass while he was heading south
en route to Siparia and Santa Flora
to deliver 3,800 gallons of fuel. He
said he saw the blue Nissan Almera
driven by Baker, heading north and
overtaking a line of traffic.
Albert said he could not pull to
the side of the road when he saw
Baker s car heading towards him.
"I really could not go up in the
grass because the truck would have
capsize. It s full of diesel," he said.
He said he tried to warn the driver
of the car (Baker) but the man did
"I was proceeding to head south
and it had this blue car overtaking
vehicles and coming up the road and
when I blow the horn the man did
not pull left, he did not pull right
he just mash the "x" (accelerator)
and come straight into the truck.
"The van (driven by Kisraj) tried
to pull away to brakes him. He tried
to pull away to give him some room
but he could not fit and pass through
which part he was going," Albert
said shaking his head.
The truck driver said after Baker
crashed into his truck, the car spun
around and hit Kisraj s white pickup
and forced him off the road.
He said he could not understand
why Baker did not pull to the side
when he saw the tanker heading in
"The man just watch the truck
and he say like he ready to dead.
The man just run straight into the
truck. It was a line-up of traffic,
bumper to bumper, he never pull
back in. He just coming straight. He
maybe was expecting me to go in
the grass or something," Albert said.
Albert said he was scared for his
life when he saw what was happen-
Kisraj, 48, of Penal Rock Road,
Penal, a furniture manufacturer,
praised God that his life was spared.
He said he was carrying beds in
the tray of his van when he saw the
Almera in his wing mirror.
Kisraj said he pulled to the side
and dived into the passenger side of
his van when he saw the car run
into the truck.
"I dive across on my left. Thank
God I did that otherwise I would
have been seriously injured. The door
reach on my seat I would have lost
a leg or something. Thank God that
I did what I did early. I did not really
worry about the vehicle, I worry
about myself. I had a passenger with
me," he said.
Kisraj said when they came out
of the van Baker was pinned in the
"There was nothing we could have
done. He was on his last couple
breaths. He was not talking," he said.
He urged drivers to exercise more
caution on the nation s roads.
"You really have to pay attention
to the roads. Everybody keep warning
you when you going on the road,
take your time on the road. You have
to drive for five, yourself, the one
behind you, the one in front you,
the one on the side of you, the one
on the other side. Drive for every-
body. It really, really sad," Kisraj
The car, which Baker rented last
week, was a mangled wreck.
Cpl Simon of the Marabella Police
Station is continuing investigations.
The People s National Move-
ment, the Independent Liberal
Party, and the People s Partner-
ship will have an opportunity to
debate on issues surrounding the
local government elections as
the T&T Debates Commission
announced yesterday two
debates scheduled to be held on
October 10 and 15 as the elections
The debates are budgeted to
cost approximately $1.7 million.
The announcements were made
at a news conference at the T&T
Chamber of Industry and Com-
merce, Westmoorings. The com-
mission s six commissioners---
Ronald Harford, UWI s Prof Rhoda
Reddock, Fr Clyde Harvey, Angella
Persad, Justice Humphrey
Stollmeyer and T&T Publishers
and Broadcasters Association
(TTPBA) Kiran Maharaj---were
present with chairman Andrew
Sabga. The debates will be aired
live on television and radio at 8
pm. Their main themes are local
government reform and represen-
Saying the debates are very
costly, the commission called on
the private sector to asset in mak-
ing donations but also called on
citizens to contribute financially
as well. A Republic Bank account,
the commission said, had been
set up for citizens who wished to
Sabga said: "The hosting of the
debates is costly and the estimated
budget is $1.7 million. We are call-
ing on the private sector to support
the evolution of T&T s democracy,
via donations or sponsorship of
the TTDC s upcoming debates."
The debates would be facilitated
by a moderator, yet to be identified
and will be live two-hour pro-
Fr Harvey said the moderator s
role would be to develop and pose
questions to the debaters, ensuring
it was balanced, ensure ground
rules were followed, ensure time
limits were observed and raise fol-
low up questions for clarification.
To be eligible for the debates
parties were required to have
nominated candidates to contest
the elections, be contesting more
than 75 per cent of the munici-
palities (more than ten of the 14
municipalities) and if a party falls
short of that required number,
then the commission may exercise
There will also be a Facebook
page and social media presence
which would allow the public to
have discussions on the matter.
People, he said, would also be able
to submit questions to the mod-
erator via the Facebook page or
e-mailing to the moderator.
Guaya man dies in
crash with tanker
Onlookers view the diesel truck, van and car
after yesterday's accident which claimed the life
of Quinton Baker. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Driver of the diesel
truck Michael Albert
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