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Jul 6, 2016

Another RTA Near Mango Creek Claims Life of Well-known Electrician

Jose Majano

There was yet another fatal road traffic accident in southern Belize. On Tuesday night, a well-known electrician and father of two from Independence Village lost his life after the pickup truck he was driving, crashed head-on with a James Bus Line passenger bus on Savannah Road. Two passengers from the bus and its driver were also injured, but Jose Majano died on the spot. His employee, who was traveling with him at the time, was critically injured and rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital. News Five’s Duane Moody was in Independence today and files this report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Just after seven on Tuesday night, there was a fatal traffic accident on the Savannah Road that leads into Independence Village. A James bus and a Wingle pickup truck crashed head on into each other just past the intersection with the Southern Highway.  The driver of the Wingle, forty-eight-year-old Jose Majano, was dropping his employee Kevin Zuniga to his home in the nearby village of Bella Vista when he was overtaking a buggy. That put Majano’s vehicle right in the path of the James bus which could not avoid hitting him.


Insp. Sherlet Ramclam, Acting O.C., Intermediate Southern Formation

“It’s an area between what we call PG junction and Independence Village. The police went out there to find a wingle, maroon in color, was on the highway and they found out that Mister Jose Majano, an electrician of Independence Village. Mister Majano was traveling from the direction of Independence to PG junction on the Savannah Road. On his way, he came across a horse and carriage that the Mennonites use and he was about to overtake them and I don’t know if he didn’t realize that the James Bus Greyhound was coming in the opposite direction. And in that time, he collided, but before he collided into the bus, he knocked the left wheel of the buggy or horse and carriage and he swerved into the bus. The bus was in its proper lane; at the time it was driven by Mister Serano.”


The impact of the head-on collision killed Majano on the spot. Zuniga was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital in a critical condition, while the driver of the bus and two passengers received varying degrees of injuries.


Insp. Sherlet Ramclam

“In the vehicle at the time was Mister Kevin Zuniga; we don’t have the other particulars at yet because no one knew who this person was. So he was transported immediately because he had head injuries and injuries to his abdomen, and he was in a critical condition. But he was stabilized when he was sent to the Southern Regional Hospital. We also had two persons on the bus: Miss Barbara Rubio who received injuries to her nose and then we had Miss Jenellie Myvett who was complaining of numbness to the left side of her body.”


Jimmy Maldonado

Jimmy Maldonado, Friend of Deceased

“The two vehicles, Jose vehicle is in very bad condition. The bus had a damaged front. People have that ketch in the accident too. We gone and helped to bring Jose body and the next guy; him too was in bad condition too. So we only try to help them.”


The family got the tragic news minutes later and rushed to the polyclinic.


Gloria Muñoz, Sister of Deceased

“I went to the policlinic and I felt that I needed to go and be beside him which I know he was already dead. And it was terrible because I had to go with my mom and other two brothers. It was tragic, terrible, devastating and we are very broken. I noticed that his forehead had a big cut; he was bleeding. His bones were broken. I saw that one of his bones was shoot out and that was devastating for me.”


The well-known electrician of Independence worked in the banana industry and was well liked in the village; he would assist many persons, including the officers at the Intermediate Southern Formation with electrical works around the compound.


Insp. Sherlet Ramclam

“Real nice person; a person that we would call that would assist anybody at any time whenever they need any electrical help in our village. I know it is a great loss to the family and also to the villagers of Independence.”


Gloria Muñoz

Gloria Muñoz

“My brother was very loving; caring about everyone; every nephew, niece and neighbors and coworkers. He was well loved by his coworkers at the Banana Enterprises and other places.”


Jimmy Maldonado

“Jose used to be close with all poor people. He used to help people in Trio, Georgetown, Maya Mopan, Santa Rosa. He always try to help anybody. He is an exceptional person. That is what I can say about him.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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