REAL NEWS – Editor Two Hispanic men remain in critical condition at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre following what appears to be another freak accident at the Antigua Port Authority.
According to reports, Leandro Payano, 25, and Javier Alcantara, 32 – nationals of the Dominican Republic – received an electric shock while working at the Port on Saturday, October 14.
The two employees of Valdez Cleaning Services reportedly were engaged in a clean-up on the south side of the administrative building. In attempting to move a multi-layer scaffolding, which reportedly was higher than 30 feet, the men allegedly lost control.
Some reports claim it rolled from the building and slammed into the Antigua Public Utilities Authority high-tension wires, which resulted in the pair receiving an electric shock.
Other reports claim the scaffolding had no wheels; therefore, it was not possible that it had rolled.
However, following the incident, the victims were rushed to the hospital by first responders.
Reportedly, they both were conscious at that time, but had sustained severe burns, among other injuries.
Reports say that, following the accident, members of the Hispanic community gathered at the hospital to lend support to the injured men.
Sources say that Valdez Cleaning Services is usually responsible for cleaning the Port; but this was the first time the exterior of this building was being cleaned.
Electricity, which had been suppressed after the incident, was restored to the administrative building by APUA workers on Sunday morning, October 15.
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