'Thank God! My wife could have been killed', says man after tanker crushes minivan on Port Henderson Road
Richard Lindo's only child flew in from the United States yesterday for summer vacation with her parents. Her arrival home may well have saved the life of his wife.
Lindo's wife, Norma, was not in her usual seat outside her husband's business place early yesterday morning. She had instead stayed home to be with the couple's daughter who had just returned to the island.
Norma's usual seat would be in her husband's minivan that was crushed by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) oil tanker which overturned on Port Henderson Road Monday morning.
"I sit down here ... and the van park up outside and I just hear a loud sound and when me go out there, I see that the van mash up," Lindo told The Gleaner while sitting in his shop.
Although he was clearly shaken up by the incident, Lindo is grateful for one thing; his wife decided not to accompany him to work on this particular day.
"She always want to come with me and when she comes she sits in the van every morning and read her bible, she will be in the van till up to nine o'clock," he said.
Lindo went on to explain that his wife did not accompany him to the fishing village because she wanted to stay at home to cater to their daughter who had returned home.
"She come with me every morning you know. Sometimes me have to beg her not to come because I don't like the attitude of the people out here sometimes."
Lindo has been working in the fishing village for more than 40 years,first as a fisherman and then for the last ten years as a middleman of sorts selling marine oil to fishermen in the village.
The irony of his vehicle being damaged by an oil tanker struck him as he shared this information with The Gleaner.
He was jolted from silent reflection when asked to describe his wife.
"She is a God-fearing woman and very active in church. She is always in church. I don't go more than so but she is always there and is very active in the church. She make sure I pray before I leave the house every morning," Lindo said.
Lindo went on to indicate that he met his wife while he was working at Lee's Fifth Avenue in the 1970s. They have been married for 40 years.
"I just thank God that my wife was not in that van this morning, is a good thing my daughter come yesterday or else she would a come with me today and she would be in the van, so I thank God," he added.