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Jan 22, 2015

Ready Call Bus and Truck Collide By Boom Junction

There was a collision this morning between a Ready Call bus transporting fifty-one employees and a dump truck. It happened on the Boom-Hattieville Road when the loaded bus crashed into the rear of the truck that was heading to a nearby quarry. The employees on the bus were pretty shaken up, but fortunately only two were injured and taken by ambulance to the K.H.M.H.; one is a pregnant young woman and the other is a young man. Duane Moody has a report.


Evere Millian, Training Manager, Ready Call Center

“We’ve been in operation for almost, going on ten years, and we have had workers from Cayo, from the western highway and we have two buses that travel on a daily basis coming to the Boom Cutoff where we have our headquarters.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

Two employees of the Ready Call Center located at the Burrell Boom cutoff on the Phillip Goldson Highway were taken to the K.H.M.H. following a road traffic accident today on the Boom-Hattieville circuit. Winston Cruz and Anisha Myers were on their way to work for the mid-morning shift sometime after nine when the company bus they were travelling in collided into the rear end of a dump truck near the entrance to the Central Prison.


Evere Millian

Evere Millian

“The dump truck that you see behind us was trying to swerve into the cutoff but he came into the other lane and our bus was trying to avoid, but was not able to avoid it and had a collision to the back of the dump truck. No major injuries. We had two persons that were taken to the hospital in an ambulance for minor injuries. So no one was really injured and we had a total of about fifty-one employees travelling in the bus.”


The bus, driven at the time by Claudio Moreira, was extensively damaged. It came to a stop on the right hand side of the road. Moreira says despite his efforts, he could not have avoided hitting the truck.


Claudio Moreira

Claudio Moreira, Bus Driver

“He swerved in front of me and then I haul my brakes and to avoid a bigger accident, I hit him in the tail of the dump truck. But he is in the wrong because he swerved right in front of me. He came on the other side of the road.”



“So he swerved in front of you and that’s when pretty much the impact.”


Claudio Moreira

“Exactly. Plus I think that he don’t have brakes light on the dump truck.”


Duane Moody

“Sir, could you tell us whether anyone of your passengers were injured in this accident?”


Claudio Moreira

“Yes we have two of them…one pregnant girl and one young man. The prison ambulance took them to the Belize hospital. But no, nobody with serious injuries.”


John Garbutt, Driver of Dump Truck

“The driver was in his seat trying to fumble his way out because he was lodged into it and two people on the front seat on the right hand side, they were still in the seat like they can’t move much. But the ambulance came from the prison and took them out. The ambulance was here with them for a while so I know it was nothing detrimental.”


The dump truck was not damaged in the collision. Driver, John Garbutt says he was on his way to pick up sand at the nearby quarry and as he slowed down to take the exit, he was hit from behind. The impact sent him swerving off the road and into a ditch.


John Garbutt

John Garbutt

“When I got to where that curve is over there, these trucks you can’t come all the way before you come to a stop so you have to start coming out of your gears to slow it down. I came to a slow down all the way to where the police is standing over there. I had on my signal and my foot on the brakes and I’m coming in here. And the next I know I feel wham and the truck spin around on the road and swayed off the wayside. The bus hit me from behind and hit me right from here and send the truck all the way around to where it is at. If you can see the skid marks that it did and these trucks are heavy.”


The driver of the bus has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution.  Duane Moody for News Five.


Both employees were treated and released from the hospital. 

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