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Sep 17, 2020

Taxi Operator Survives RTA After His Vehicle Crashes into a Backhoe

Luis Flores

There was an accident on the Philip Goldson Highway and fortunately, a taxi operator is tonight recovering at home. Lord’s Bank resident, Luis Flores was heading home when he collided with a backhoe near mile four of the highway. Torres attempted to avoid the accident, but the passenger side of his car crashed with the backhoe. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Well-known taxi man, Luis Flores was involved in a road traffic accident on Wednesday and while his vehicle was extensively damaged, he survived the ordeal. Just before eight p.m., Flores was retiring for the night and headed up the Philip Goldson Highway en route to his home in Lord’s Bank Village.  Upon reaching mile four and a half, his Mazda Tribute collided with a backhoe. Flores sustained injuries to his head and right arm.

 

Theodore Figueroa

Theodore Figueroa, Taxi Operator

“When I came here this morning, two of the other drivers that work out here with us, were explaining the situation to me. There was a backhoe or something on the road and his vehicle got into collision with it. And so I was questioning and wanted to know his condition. I learned from Mister Domingo, who is one of the executives in the cooperative, that he had a hit in his head and his elbow. But he is at home, praise God and he is doing well.”

 

Fortunately, the injuries were not life-threatening and Flores was treated and released from the hospital and is now at home recovering. For decades, Flores has been working as a taxi operator, attached to the Bus Terminal and Market Square Taxi Cooperative and could often be found with his colleagues at the bus terminal on West Collet Canal.

 

Theodore Figueroa

“The cooperative started in 2004; that gives us almost sixteen years, but he has been with us even before he was a pioneer in forming this cooperative. So I would say about twenty, twenty-five years minimum because I have thirty years as a taxi driver now.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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