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17-year-old die, several others injured in tragic lightning strikes

klein robertsA freak accident in the cane fields at Wales has left a 17-year-old boy dead. He has been identified as Klein Roberts of Wales on the West Bank of Demerara. His relatives are reporting that the man was struck by lightning and collapsed while he was on duty. His colleagues broke the news to his relatives who were in total shock at the man’s sudden passing. He mother Maxine Jacobs told the media that her son only three weeks ago joined the estate. Shaken over the entire ordeal the woman was in tears when she spoke to this newscast.

Jacobs said her son’s death has left a void that cannot be easily filled since he was the main breadwinner of her family. His Aunt and other relatives also expressed regret at the sudden passing of the cane farmer.

And six other cane farmers from Blairmont Estate were also injured after they were reportedly struck by lightning. The men were in the fields planting when the incident occurred during a heavy down pour with thunder and lightning. The injured were hospitalized and up to press time, receiving treatment.

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