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Nov 22, 2017

Cisco, Works Move In to Address Site of Fatal Accidents on Hummingbird

If you traveled along the Hummingbird Highway today, you may have noticed some ongoing works at a bridge between miles thirty-one and thirty-two – the very same spot where four persons lost their lives in St Margaret Village over the weekend. As we reported on Tuesday night, there were three separate accidents at the one-lane bridge on the Hummingbird Highway and four men perished in the tragic accidents. The first accident was on Friday night when a truck flipped at the entrance of the bridge, luckily no one died. On Saturday around nine-thirty in the night, Glen Bert Reneau lost his life while heading towards Dangriga. When he approached the bridge, he lost control of the vehicle, went over the bridge and into the river, and died. Two of his friends were lucky to escape with their lives.  In another accident on Sunday, three men who were traveling from Dangriga towards Belmopan also crashed and died, including an uncle and his nephew Harold Smith and Alonzo Keith and their friend well-known City barber Marlon ‘Smurf’ Flowers.  They were all pulled out of the wreckage.The causes of the accidents are not known, but many believe that the deteriorating road and dilapidated bridge may have been factors. Today, Belmopan Police say that they have galvanized Cisco Construction and the Ministry of Works to do some repairs on the small portion of the road and bridge in question. According to the Officer Commanding Belmopan police formation, Howell Gillett, this week the team will put reflective stickers on the bridge. Gillett says that the Ministry of Works will install guardrails to both approaches of the bridge, and will install additional signage. Gillett is asking the public’s cooperation not to destroy or remove these new works being done, as has happened on multiple occasions before. He also encourages motorists to be responsible when driving and exercise caution when approaching unfamiliar territory, as well as to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol.

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