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Nov 15, 2011

11 Carnival Dream Tourists in accident

It has not been a good month for some cruise ship visitors to the jewel. A number of them have been arrested and charged for marijuana possession at the Tourism Village. Today, eleven tourists from the Carnival Dream were involved in a collision at the junction of the Boom Road and the bridge.   The most seriously injured was fifty four year old U.S. national David Heim, who was taken by stretcher to Belize Medical Associates.  Another U.S. national, Yvonne Thompson, who was carrying a toddler, was lucky to escape with only abrasions to her hand. Catherine Casimiro, the owner of the van the tourist were travelling in, was returning to Belize City with eight American adults and three children when her taxi and a Toyota driven by thirty eight year old Chen Jian Chang collided. Travelling in Chang’s vehicle were Wing Hida Zhang and Senbo Wu. Wu was injured and taken to a hospital by BERT ambulance. News Five spoke to Casimiro following the crash.

Catherine Casimiro, Drove Van with 11 Tourists

Catherine Casimiro

“I was coming from Baboon Sanctuary with them and this is how the accident take place. This entire area here that is like forty-two feet. This guy was coming from that direction and I was waiting here. He put his indicator that he was going to make a right hand turn to go into boom. So I said if he is going to Boom then I am going this way. But as you can see, I was parked. You see how far he hit me. Look over here; look at this measurement over here. This guy have all this place to pass from and he come into me as you can see. He come into me. I park all the way over here and he came into me. If I was in the wrong, the incident would have taken place in the middle of the street. But it did not happen in the middle of the street it was all the way on the side here. So it is obvious that he came into me. If he was going to make a turn like he indicated that he was going to do, this wouldn’t have happened. Look at that thirty-two feet right there that he could have passed.”

Jose Sanchez

“Let me ask you; your passengers, who are they? Where are they coming from?”

Catherine Casimiro

“These people are off the cruise ship. It is the tourist season, cruise ship coming. I just got these people from the tourist village; I spoke to them and they decided to come with me. But I don’t know as you guys can see, I am not in the wrong. I am ok. Thank god. Only one of my passengers got a little—he was to the back; I don’t know everyone to the front was ok—he was at the back and he got a little sprain somewhere. They are checking him out right now.”

Jose Sanchez

“The other passengers, how did they get back? Did they go to the hospital or ambulance?”

Catherine Casimiro

“No nothing happened, only this one guy has this strain. Only he got a—I think they say he had a scar or fractured or something like that.”

As we said at the top of the story, six of the passengers received varying degrees of injuries. Chang was heading from Corozal to Belmopan to renew his visa. After the completion of the Police investigation, charges are expected to follow.

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7 Responses for “11 Carnival Dream Tourists in accident”

  1. me says:

    I say the blame lies on whomever let her out of the kitchen.

  2. belizeanpride says:

    best way to find the wrong doer ask the tourist, they might have a next version not like the two drivers are saying, simple as that.

  3. Charlie Price says:

    Ministry of Transportation NEEDS TO CONSTANTLY through public service announcements REMIND PEOPLE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY.


  4. Sasha says:

    I believe the Tour Guide story, watch out when you see Asians driving they can’t see too well.

  5. I Have Awaken says:

    How ironic, Asians are known to make some of the best technology and automobiles on the planet and they are known worldwide for their bad driving.

  6. dj x says:

    the lady look more like she belongs in the kitchen making rice and bean than a taxi driver…

  7. skyler says:

    I was in the green van and also in the accident; like the women said there were 11 of us in the car at that time. It is not true that only one person was taken to the hospital; my younger sister and grandpa were also taken by people passing by. Were all okay now just hurting but im happy cause it could have been worse. Last there were 4 kids not 3

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