General — 16 August 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego
Out-of-control front end loader damages house in Camalote

A family is lucky to be alive, but shaken up after an out-of-control front end loader rolled into, and wrecked, their house at about 10:00 Saturday morning, in Camalote Village, Cayo.

The family was in their living room watching television when the loader rolled into the house through the side of the bedroom. Luckily, no one was in bed at the time, but the house was extensively damaged.

The Ministry of Works supervisor, under whose instructions the loader was operating, told the house owner, Hubert Mark of Camalote, that the brakes of the tractor was malfunctioning, and it was parked where they were working. Then an unauthorized worker went to the tractor and released the brakes, causing the tractor to roll, and he could not stop it.

The worker then jumped out of the machine, leaving it unmanned. The tractor then crashed into the house.

Mark told reporters that the Ministry of Works has committed to repairing the house.

He said that on arriving at his home from Teakettle, he saw the porch broken, and the tractor in the master bedroom. Also, the front of the house was destroyed, and there was broken material inside the home.

Mark said he thanked God that he was not at home, because he would have been killed, since he is almost always in his room resting when at home.

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