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Fluke accident kills CHIN Radio technician

10/7/2003

TORONTO - A CHIN Radio technician was killed in an unfortunate freak accident Saturday after apparently forgetting to lower the antenna on his mobile truck after finishing a remote at a local car dealership, according to the Toronto Sun.

31-year-old Amarjit Dhanjal, a 10-year CHIN employee, had just driven away when the telescoping boom smashed into a concrete support under the Gardiner Expressway. The station hosted a weekly Italian radio show from the car dealership.

"The antenna came off the floor mounting inside the truck and swung forward, and the driver was crushed between the antenna and the windshield," Toronto Police Const. Scott Parrish said in the Sun.

"It was a very fluke accident," the officer said. "It appears he simply forgot to lower the boom."

Dhanjal is survived by his wife and three children.

"I can't even begin to explain how this could have happened," said a Lenny Lombardi, president of CHIN radio as quoted in the Sun. "He was loved by everyone. He went to all of our remotes and worked with all of our clients. They loved him, he was so reliable."

According to the Sun, police are looking into whether the truck was equipped with a sensor that would have signalled to Dhanjal that the antenna was extended.

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