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Mar 26, 2014

Passenger bus crashes into towhead on George Price Highway

There were no less than five accidents over the weekend and on Tuesday night, another occurred on the George Price Highway. A bus loaded with passengers was travelling to Belize, but before it could get to its destination, it crashed into a towhead carrying heavy equipment. Luckily, there were no fatalities, but it was a traumatic experience for commuters. As many as five persons including the driver who had to be hospitalized. Duane Moody has that story.

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Duane Moody, Reporting

Just after seven on Tuesday night, a passenger bus belonging to James Bus Line from Punta Gorda was involved in a traffic accident near mile forty-four on the George Price Highway. The bus, driven at the time by Oscar Caal, left PG around three that afternoon and was on its final route to Belize City when it crashed head first into heavy equipment being carried on a towhead.

 

Oscar Caal, Bus Driver

Oscar Caal

“I met a towhead, a big truck and that’s around mile forty-four, almost to Cotton Tree and that’s where the accident happened. It looks like this big truck was carrying some heavy duty equipment on the trailer. I cleared the front of the big truck very good and probably like in the middle, I just heard a sudden bang in the front of the bus that I am driving.  Apparently, when I passed the truck, because there was so many other vehicles coming behind that truck as well as behind the bus that I was driving and I had the headlamps in low beams so I can’t actually see what was coming. But I know that I cleared the front of the big truck and then all of a sudden I feel that impact…a loud noise and I realized that something happened and I just tried to control the bus and pull it off the road.”

 

Caal, his assistant and several of his passengers received various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the Western Regional Hospital while others were taken to the K.H.M.H. Caal has been driving for the past twenty-five years, but only five years with James Bus Line.

 

Oscar Caal

“I have injury on my left leg; it is not broken according to the x-ray. My left arm and my side and also my left forehead I have a wound. But according to the doctors, I am alright and I feel the same way except my leg is really painful. I never thought, but you never know what can happen on the highways. You try to be precautious and careful while on the highway. So I think if that towhead had proper lights and reflectors maybe it could have been avoided. But things do happen.”

 

The towhead was driven at the time by Freddy Valdez of Duck Run Two in the Cayo district. Despite our attempts, Valdez refused to give comment on the traffic accident. Duane Moody for News Five.

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