3 die in early morning collision on the Northern Highway
A police officer and two others are dead tonight after a horrible traffic accident on the Northern Highway in the wee hours of this morning. Police Constable Dion Makin Junior was behind the wheels of an SUV that collided into a car. In the cops’ vehicle were five others who are believed to have been partying at a bar in Ladyville and were heading to Orange Walk Town, but it is not confirmed whether the officer and passengers were intoxicated. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports from the scene of the deadly traffic accident.
Delahnie Bain, Reporting
A collision between a Saturn View SUV and a Saturn car has left three persons dead and three injured. The fatal accident occurred at mile eleven and a quarter on the Northern Highway shortly before three o’clock this morning. The car, which was driven by twenty-five year old police constable Dion Makin Junior, was heading toward Orange Walk while the twenty-nine year old Lawrence Chow was driving the SUV to Belize City. But Makin reportedly lost control and swerved head on into Chow’s vehicle. Kevin Dawson was among the crowd that gathered after hearing the loud impact; he describes the horrific scene.
Kevin Dawson, Witness
“When they were taking out the people out of the vehicle, it was so horrible. One man was bleeding from the neck like his whole neck was nearly off because it was hanging over and everything is just like a nightmare, a disaster. That is as far as I see.”
“Were you able to tell how many people there were in all?”
“In all there were five people in the car and there was one person in the next vehicle.”
“The Chinese man was by himself?”
“The Chinese man was by himself and there were five people in the other vehicle.”
P.C. Makin and his companions, twenty-two year old Edwin Elvis Crawford and a female, died instantly from severe head injuries. The other two persons who were in the car are nineteen year old Helen Canelo and twenty-two year old Jay Lewis Avilla. Chow, Avilla and Canelo survived with varying degrees of injuries. Canelo managed to free herself from the wreckage, but according to, Dawson, the car had to be pried open for the other passengers to be removed.
“There were people screaming out and a lady was asking for help and there was bleeding. When we came outside, the fire service cut the top with the torch because the vehicle was so mashed up. They took them out and some of them were already dead. They were bleeding from—the whole road was full of blood and the driver of the next vehicle he got hurt in his stomach that was a Chinese man. It was like a head on collision because the two vehicles, the engines they are mashed in the vehicle. All of the engines mashed, the whole vehicle—you don’t even know if it’s a vehicle because it’s so smashed up. The engines, everything is in a mess and that is all I see.”
In the midst of the chaos, Dawson says the emergency response was speedy and well-organized.
“As it happened they arrived, the nurses were doing their jobs, the policeman, the fire service, they were all good in support doing their job until everything cleared up this last night. And up to this morning the police were still out here working along with the families. So I think the police they did a good job and I thank them for that.”
Canelo has been released from the hospital while Avila is in stable condition at the K.H.M.H. Chow is believed to have been transferred to a private hospital. Delahnie Bain for News Five.