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Road built over drunk man

Road built over drunk man


Source: the drinks business

by Lauren Eads

22nd September, 2015


A man has died after construction workers apparently failed to notice him passed out in a pot hole and built a road over the top of him.


Latori Barman, 45, fell into the hole on Friday night while walking home from a village fair in the Katni district of the Madhya Pradesh state in India, according to reports by The Times of India.


The pot hole was said to cover “more than half” of the road, with Barman believed to have lost consciousness after falling into it. He was later buried alive after construction workers filled in the hole with molten tar and used a heavy roller to tarmac the road. His death would have gone unnoticed had residents not discovered his arm sticking out from beneath the tar.


“It was dark and there were no warning signs. He would have been walking in an inebriated condition when he fell into the pit between Udlana and Hata village and lost consciousness”, an investigating officer told the Times of India.


Two of the workers have been arrested in connection with the incident and charged with negligence leading to death. Barman’s family will be given 50,000 Rupees (US$761) as compensation for the incident.