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Nov 27, 2019

Six Persons Perish in Massive Road Traffic Accident on GP Highway

A celebration of a son being recruited into the Belize Coast Guard has ended in tragedy for one Belmopan family and several others are mourning the loss of their loved ones, following a massive road traffic accident this afternoon along the George Price Highway which claimed multiple lives.  The collision of a sports utility vehicle carrying three persons and a van carrying three other passengers left several people dead, including Lourdes Wade and her father, a retired police inspector, near the outskirts of Hattieville.  The Wade family had just left from Belize City where they attended a coast guard passing out ceremony this morning for young recruit Justin Wade.  It is reported that a red SUV driven by Lourdes Wade, an employee of Social Security Board in Belmopan, crashed into a oncoming van.  Inside the vehicle with Wade and her father was Jason’s girlfriend.  We are told that all three have perished.  The identities of the other victims are yet to be released.  This is a developing story and we will have more in Thursday’s newscast.  At the scene of the incident, however, was Clifton Hall, father-in-law of Lourdes Wade.  Here’s what he shared with the media.


Clifton Hall

Clifton Hall, Father-in-law of Lourdes Wade

“They were coming from an event, I think one of the brothers was, I don’t know if it’s a passing out but something with the… It’s her girlfriend; I don’t know her name but…”



“Do you know how many foreigners died in this incident?”


Clifton Hall

“Well I heard it’s six people.  So three of them there and maybe three from the bus… Three from the red vehicle and [from] the bus the other three people died but I don’t know their names.”



“So this is a massive accident, can you remember anything in living memory even similar to this?”


Clifton Hall

“Yeah, quite a few. I remember when those guys were going to Guatemala to play and they got in an accident with that grader; I don’t remember how much of them died.”


We will have extended coverage of this tragic incident in Thursday’s newscast.

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