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Feb 1, 2019

Corozal Town Council Employee is Flung from Garbage Truck to his Death

Jose Gomez

A father of a two-year-old girl lost his life in a freak accident while at work in Corozal. Thirty-two-year-old Jose Gomez was a sanitation worker for the Corozal Town Council for seven years; on Tuesday, he was returning to the town from the dumpsite when he accidentally fell from the waste management truck. Gomez suffered severe head injuries and died. His untimely death has left a void in his family and his workplace. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A freak accident in the Corozal District claimed the life of Jose Gomez. The thirty-two-year-old had been employed with the Town Council in the Sanitation Department, but on Thursday afternoon as he and his colleagues were on their way back to the town hall from the dumpsite on the Consejo Road, he fell from a waste management truck and received severe head injury. He was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital, but died after three a.m.


Voice of: Marisa Martinez, Sister of Deceased

“They say that how my brother was going to Consejo; they were coming back because they had already throw the garage away. So he was coming back and the driver was going fast and the driver didn’t have control because he went into a hole and my brother and another colleague.  They flew and my brother went like further. He went in front of the truck and he faced the ground; he knocked his head. The other guy flew on the other side, but he was injured as well. He was bleeding a lot so when he was going to the hospital, they said that he was bawling in pain; he was yelling.”


Rigoberto Vellos

Rigoberto Vellos, Mayor, Corozal Town Council

“I understand that they were coming back from the dumpsite on their way back to park the truck and that’s when it happened.”


Today, a black bow adorned the entrance to the town hall as Gomez’s family at work continue to grieve his death. He is described by Mayor Rigoberto Vellos as a humble guy.


Rigoberto Vellos

“Corozal Town Council, we definitely feel his absence now and it is an unfortunate situation. Mister Jose Gomez has been working with the Corozal Town Council since July 2012. We don’t really have the full details as yet; it is a matter that is under investigation by police.”


For the family, the incident is shattering because Gomez’s father lost his life at twenty-three in an accident. He was the father of a two-year-old girl.


Voice of: Marisa Martinez

“All of us ask why he went so fast. Well it is rough because for my mom, he was her only son. She’s going through a rough time. (Crying) Every Sunday he come here at my house to have family dinner. We make jokes. I will never forget him.”


It is not the first time that an employee has been injured while on the job and the incident brings into sharp focus occupational safety and health. Mayor Vellos says that his council has been advocating for better safety practices since they took office.


Rigoberto Vellos

“We have always been trying to talk to our workers when it comes to safety. Here, a life is very important; safety very important for us also. I understand that Social Security had already met with the workers, gave them certain tips to make sure that they keep safe. Our foremen and supervisors; we keep pressuring them to make sure that our workers are well-equipped and going around as safe as possible. We know that things like this can happen in the split of a second, anything can change. Like I said, it is a very sad situation and my condolences go to the family.”


The council has pledged to support the family during this time. Duane Moody for News Five.

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