Security guard dies in Land of Canaan accident


A security guard attached to National Hardware died on Wednesday morning following a three-vehicle smash-up at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD).

Dead is 52-year-old Joseph Harmon of Lot 9 Supply Village, EBD.

Reports are the now dead man boarded a minibus and was heading home after working the night shift. As the minibus travelled along the East Bank Public Road, it stopped for a passenger.

The minibus following the accident

Harmon had reportedly exited the bus, bearing registration number BSS 8672, to accommodate the passenger when a truck with registration plates GRR 9592 lost control and slammed into the bus.

The security guard who was standing on the pavement was crushed while the minibus was tossed into the path of a motor car which was travelling in the opposite direction. As a result of the impact, Harmon sustained injuries to his body including lacerations to the head and a broken foot.

He was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the truck was taken into Police custody.

When contacted, the dead man’s elderly mother, Jocelyn Harmon told this publication that she was at home and received the news of her son’s demise almost four hours after the accident.

She noted that a supervisor at the National Hardware Bond contacted her to offer his condolences and it was then she knew that her son was dead.

The grieving mother, along with other relatives travelled to Lyken Funeral Home, where she identified his body. She noted that she last saw her son as he was leaving for work on Tuesday evening. “A chair was outside, so he put in the chair and told me to lock up the door and he left,” the woman stated.

He was in high spirits when he left home, his mother added. Harmon, the father of four boys, had been working at the National Hardware Bond at Coverden, EBD for the past 11 months.

The elderly woman told this publication that Joseph lived with her and was her only child in Guyana.

The security officer leaves to mourn his mother, four sons, and siblings among other relatives.


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