Rosewood shipment causes accident injuries
A father and his son are both lucky to be alive tonight after receiving varying degrees of injury during a freak accident along the Southern Highway in the Toledo District over the weekend. Anthony Edwards, his wife Justina and their children were returning home from church on Sunday afternoon when a flatbed truck carrying a load of rosewood logs came barreling around a curve in Jacintoville. Edwards and the infant had already crossed the road when a piece of unstrapped lumber flew off the back of the vehicle hitting him, breaking both legs and knocking him unconscious. His son, whom he was carrying on his shoulders, also suffered multiple lacerations to the head and lower parts of the body. They were both transported to Belize City for treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they are listed in stable condition. News Five spoke with Edwards from his bedside this evening where he recounted the incident.
Anthony Edwards, Accident Victim
“I was coming from church and before I reach home, a big truck with rosewood pass buy and one of them fell out from the truck and it hit me and break my two foot.”
“I understand that you were carrying a baby as well at the time of the incident?”
“Yes sir I carried the baby on my shoulder and the baby get hurt too also.”
“What is the extent of the injuries of the minor?”
“Ih head and ih knee too. My wife says more too.”
“My understanding from what you mentioned earlier is that both your legs are broken. Have you found out who the driver of truck was or who the truck belongs too?”
“Well the driver of the truck is Rodwell Williams—that’s the owner for the truck. And the driver ih right name da Maynard.”
“What happened at the point where the piece of wood fell off the truck? Describe to me exactly what took place from that point onward.”
“Whenever the big rosewood fell off the truck, it skate down to me. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t dodge so I get hit and I break my leg.”
Justina Edwards, Wife of Accident Victim
“When I mih dih come dah church, all I see is that big vehicle, big truck coming with amount of rosewood in it. When I see it coming, the vehicle swing the curve like nothing. When I see the rosewood fly off and ih swing in the air and then come and knock my husband. My husband done cross already and no vehicle was there—the vehicle mi done deh; I noh remember weh part. When I see the rosewood fly off and I see my husband fly ina the air and my baby fly ina di air and drop. And my baby di tremble like I noh know what. My baby unconscious too. When I see the rosewood drop and drag my husband foot and all ih shoes one side and I start to bawl across the road and bawl and bawl for my husband. Then I see the truck stop way from a distance. Ih couldn’t stop because the way how ih mi di drive ina speed it was like he coulda mi just fly. When time he drop, the vehicle stop wah good distance when the big truck stopped. Then Uncle Sammy, Sammy Edwards, mi di come to the same church when we were coming with him. And then he stop and see my husband and the ground and the baby. And then he stop and ask what happened? And when he see, the police is coming at the same time—some police that come from Belmopan. And he [the police] stop and said he can’t do anything—they have to wait till ambulance and my poor husband was laying on the road and then from that they said they will have to wait cause they can’t touch him. He coulda have stayed right there and died.”
The extraction of rosewood has become a thorny issue in the south where the Maya Leaders Alliance has been complaining of continued pillage of the forest.