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Nov 1, 2012

School boy recovering after falling out of bus

A young school boy suffered a horrible ordeal on Wednesday evening when he was flung from an overcrowded bus of the Haylock Bus Line fleet. Martin Noble remains in the hospital and at least for now, it looks as if he is fortunately out of danger. But the Transport Board is to meet to decide on the future of the bus line. Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Nine year old Martin Noble is currently recuperating in the pediatric ward of the K.H.M.H. from abrasions and massive facial injuries he sustained after being flung out the back of a bus and hitting the pavement near mile six on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Martin Noble

The standard four student of Holy Redeemer Primary School was on his way home with his older brother on a reportedly overcrowded bus when the back door unexpectedly opened. Words can’t explain Fortunato Noble’s joy that his son is alive.

 

Fortunato Noble, Father of Accident Victim

“Thank goodness there is no permanent; well so far, CT-Scans have indicated that the brain is not swelling or is not breathing so thank god for that. I must also be grateful that the person that was traveling behind that bus was alert and I have to public give him thanks for being alert and a conscientious driver cause he could have killed my son.”

 

Accident Witness [File: October 31st, 2012]

“We mi deh pan di bus and I mi di sit down deh soh cause I move wah seat up. And then we hear wah scream back of the bus and then the lee bwai start to bang pan di door and da so we see ih holler, “My bredda, my bredda, my bredda drop through deh.” And dah soh when the bus stop, I just run; me and the driver, we run towards the scene and some people called the ambulance and we just see weh di happen and afterwards we see weh we could do. But before the ambulance left, the lee bwai was unconscious because ih di bleed through everywhere part of ih face. Ih face was swollen and the paramedics and everything come; the police come and then dehn just ker ih body and gone. And then we had to wait here. We heard that the bus can’t move; that is why they sent for another bus.”

 

Fortunato Noble

Fortunato Noble

“I have to blame the bus owners and the bus operators and the bus drivers; even the conductors who carry passengers that are standing and not properly seated in a bus. The regulation clearly states that no bus operators must carry standees; carry passengers more than the seating capacity allows. It pains me because there’s been an ad running for about three months now. I am the person who assisted the ministry coming up with that ad and it pains me now that it came very close to home.”

 

And today, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Edmund “Clear the Land” Castro, visited Martin, who is the son of his close friend. Castro says that it appears that Haylock Bus Service has violated some of the thirty-seven rules and regulations that have been put in place. He says that the Transport Board will meet to decide whether or not the company’s license will be suspended.

 

Edmund Castro

Edmund Castro, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport

“We will definitely meet today; I’ll ask the board to meet today and to ask the board to make a decision whether they will suspend that bus line or pull those buses. I think proper inspection will have to be done on that entire fleet of that bus line.  What we have been asking is for the bus operators to abide by the law. What we are doing at the ministry is to enhance our ability to deal with the enforcement aspect as it relates to the negligence of those bus operators that continue to run on our highways. It could have been a lot worse in the event that a bus with a hundred persons that has a capacity of fifty-four and sixty person; if that bus gets into an accident, we will see twenty thirty forty people killed. It is dangerous.”

 

Fortunato Noble

“When I saw pictures of the lock that’s holding together the bus, it is a dead-bolt lock that is holding together the bus. It is a dead-bolt lock that you use on a window on a house that if you shake that too much, your window opens. And you put that on a bus, the bus is moving it vibrates; there is a possibility that it open.”

 

Edmund Castro

“This will go to the full extent of the law. We are not backing down we are not protecting anyone from breaking the law because they know that it is against the law for them to be doing what they have been were doing. This one got caught. We from the Ministry of Transport, we will do—and hopefully that the police will also do their part to deal with this situation. It is a criminal matter.”

 

Castro says that several buses have avoided the daily road-worthy inspection at the terminal, while Noble says that he will pursue all alternatives to ensure that justice is served. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

According to Castro, the last statutory instrument in place stipulates that the penalty for standees is a hundred dollars.

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4 Responses for “School boy recovering after falling out of bus”

  1. student and belizean says:

    all buses should be inspected not just the ones that get involved in an accident, especially the buses that run in rout to the western part of Belize, over full buses, not working buses, always reach late to class cause buses cant go no more or no have gas.

    I as a student demand full inspection of all Belize bus fleet no matter the company.

    also fix the problem with the bus terminals!!!!

    sucks take bus this days.. and getting worst ..

    ** don’t wait to do something till one of your close relatives gets hurt..

  2. oscar965 says:

    Every single time i use the buses…no matter which company..they all accept standees. They make sure that when they come out of the terminal that everyone is sitting down..but beyond that…its “lets see how many people we can pack on the bus”. We all see it ..but yet we do not report it. The Ministry of Transport needs to really crack down on these buses. WHATEVER THEY ARE DOING IS NOT ENOUGH!!! This time is was just one person..next time it will be a bus full…My prayers to Martin for a full recovery. And i hope the bus company pays for all of his medical expenses…that would be the least they could do!!!

  3. Nimbo says:

    All buses on all our highways should be inspected to avoid any further incidents like this or far worse. Who knows, we might be saving lives if we do this properly and not only keep it to this bus. Laws and regulations are drafted yet we find that numerous times they are not implemented..so what is the sense of having a law and yet they are not obliged to follow it?

  4. rubs says:

    SHOULD BE INSPECTED… PLUS THE DRUG UNIT SHOULD DO DRUG TEST TO ALL BUS DRIVERS AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK, BECAUSE THE PEOPLES LIFE IS IN A RISK WITH DRUGGED LUNATICS. WHERE IS @#$% IS THE GOB

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