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Oct 8, 2019

2 Camalote Residents Injured in Roaring Creek Accident

A resident from Camalote is in critical, but stable condition tonight at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was severely injured during an accident on the George Price Highway. William Franco and Jose Gonzalez were on a motorcycle travelling to Roaring Creek when they collided head on into a pickup truck. Gonzalez was also injured, but he has been released from the hospital. Both were not wearing helmets. According to Gonzalez, speeding may have been a factor from the offending vehicle. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Two men survived a traffic accident on Monday night in Roaring Creek after the motorcycle they were riding on crashed into a pickup truck travelling in the opposite direction. William Franco and Jose Gonzalez were en route from Camalote Village to Chun’s Store in Roaring Creek; Franco was commanding the motorbike. As the duo cleared the pedestrian crossing, a pickup truck overtaking another vehicle came in their path. The motorcycle crashed head on with the pickup truck. The impact flung the men to the pavement. Jose Gonzalez, who rode on the back of the bike received injuries to his left leg, a cut to his head and abrasions to several parts of his body. He has since been treated and released from the Western Regional Hospital.


Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez, Accident Victim

“Around nine-thirty, ten bout that hour when we mi di go down when I think the vehicle was a black truck. And while we di go, as we pass the bump, I see wah next car di come. And I tell the bally watch out, watch cause I done see the signal weh ih di put, but he noh di see we, but we done see ahn. But I neva know if dah wah woman or a man, but when we get the impact, we just fly and right there. All my leg, everything, scrape up scrape up. And I think God that I am alive cause I mi wah could get that. And I get one ina mi head too. My foot buss up; from here to yah got about six, seven stitches and then all of the skin from yah, all ah it totally gone.”


Duane Moody

“So what are the doctors saying? Will you be able to walk on the foot again?”


Jose Gonzalez

“Well I have to stay di check because ih say dehn have to take a next x-ray to see if any bone or something maybe crack inside.”


Franco on the other hand, received severe injuries to the legs, the chest and head. He was taken via ambulance to the Western Regional Hospital, but soon after rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains admitted in a critical, but stable condition.


Jose Gonzalez

“I noh know what wah happen to ahn cause he get a bad injury in his head. I think his skull or something crack on the side.  Ih foot bruk from three parts right yah and ih skull. So I noh really know if he wa live or whatever.  Dah right dah Roaring Creek dah di shop. Dah Mister Chun we mi gwen so we neva mi gwen far. He mi gwen collect some money from wah man weh mi owe ahn too, but we couldn’t reach there.”


Duane Moody

“Who took you guys to the hospital?”


Jose Gonzalez

“The ambulance. We mi deh deh fu wah half an hour on the ground deh and the ambulance neva reach and a lot of people from Roaring Creek get crowded and tell them unu pick up them people; unu ker dehn people dah di hospital and the police dehn neva want do it because dehn say dehn done call the ambulance. Half an hour we deh deh pan di ground. You think dah play? They have to move faster that’s why people dead sometimes ina di accident because dehn noh move fast.”


The men didn’t wear any protective gear while travelling on the motorcycle. Gonzalez says that the accident could have been worse, but at this time he is unable to work and needs assistance.


Jose Gonzalez

“Yes, another one from yonder. Two di come and when we di go, we done cross the bump, so yo know yo slow down. But it look like dehn di run race or something cause how we wah get that impact right soh. And you know that dah wah village; wah vehicle noh supposed to di run dehn higher speed. Supposed ih coulda mi kill we? I woulda just want make the lady kindness or something try help we cause in the meantime I can’t work cause she mi fi drive carefully too.”


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

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