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Mother in pain - Mourns son crushed by truck shortly after reporting for work

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2013

A distraught Patricia Ricketts is still trying to come to terms with the gruesome death of her youngest child and only son.

Claude Nelson, 33, was crushed to death by a truck shortly after he reported for work at the Kingston Container Terminal last week Tuesday.

"All I'm asking the police, they cannot tell me nothing," said the 62-year-old.

"I don't know, I still don't know."

Reflecting on the last time she saw her son, Ricketts said the pain was even greater because the morning of his death she didn't get a chance to see him off, as she usually did, from their home in Portmore, St Catherine.

"Most of the mornings I would wake up and watch him get ready and go through the gate, but I was feeling sick that morning and I went back to bed. I just barely glimpse when him wake up," she said. She thought at the time that she would see him when he got home from work later that day.

But a few hours after he left, she got a call about the accident which sent her into disbelief and shock.

"I started to cry and they said my daughter was coming to tell me. When she come I ask her if is true and she didn't answer. I see the look on her face and she was crying and I know it was true and I start to cry again," Ricketts said.

She remembers her son as a nice young man whom she loved dearly.

According to reports, approximately 8:45 a.m. Nelson, an employee of Manpower and Maintenance Placement Services Ltd, who carried out janitorial services at the port, was hit by a six-wheeler truck as he reached down to pick up a piece of waste paper. His head and upper body were crushed by the vehicle.

According to the Constabulary Communication Network, the incident is still under investigation. The post-mortem examination was conducted last week.

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