Community rallies behind widow of man crushed by truck

Community rallies behind widow of man crushed by truck

Manoj Masih with his wife Rachael. Crushed to death … a truck toppled on to Manoj Maish’s car.

The widow of a man who was crushed when a truck toppled on to his car is receiving support from a local church and community group to help cover burial costs and bring family from India to attend the funeral.

Manoj Masih, 33, was killed when a semi-trailer carrying 20 tonnes of wood toppled over and landed on his car while he was waiting at traffic lights at the corner of the Hume Highway and the Cumberland Highway last Thursday.

The Australian Indian Christian church, along with friends and family, is assisting Mr Masih’s wife Rachel with funeral arrangements and emotional support.

“We are doing all we can to comfort the family and giving them as much help as possible,” family friend Jai Kumar David said. “We’re worried about the family, their welfare and their future.”

The victim’s father, sister and parents-in-law will travel from Punjab, India, for this week’s funeral.

They will then address legal matters as it is not known whether Mr Masih had life insurance.

Rachel Masih will today open a trust fund to help support her eight-month-old son and will be accepting donations.

“The community has been very supportive. We are solely concentrating on Rachel, the wife and the child and we are worried about the immediate family coming from India and the burial at the moment,” Mr David said.

“We’re not worried about the other legal aspects as such. We want to get the family comforted first, then the funeral and then we will think about the next step.”

*Details of the trust fund and donations will be provided once they are available.

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