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Jan 9, 2012

Rosewood shipment causes accident injuries

A father and his son are both lucky to be alive tonight after receiving varying degrees of injury during a freak accident along the Southern Highway in the Toledo District over the weekend.  Anthony Edwards, his wife Justina and their children were returning home from church on Sunday afternoon when a flatbed truck carrying a load of rosewood logs came barreling around a curve in Jacintoville.  Edwards and the infant had already crossed the road when a piece of unstrapped lumber flew off the back of the vehicle hitting him, breaking both legs and knocking him unconscious.  His son, whom he was carrying on his shoulders, also suffered multiple lacerations to the head and lower parts of the body.  They were both transported to Belize City for treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.  News Five spoke with Edwards from his bedside this evening where he recounted the incident.

Anthony Edwards, Accident Victim

Anthony Edwards

“I was coming from church and before I reach home, a big truck with rosewood pass buy and one of them fell out from the truck and it hit me and break my two foot.”

Isani Cayetano

“I understand that you were carrying a baby as well at the time of the incident?”

Anthony Edwards

“Yes sir I carried the baby on my shoulder and the baby get hurt too also.”

Isani Cayetano

“What is the extent of the injuries of the minor?”

Anthony Edwards

“Ih head and ih knee too. My wife says more too.”

Isani Cayetano

“My understanding from what you mentioned earlier is that both your legs are broken. Have you found out who the driver of truck was or who the truck belongs too?”

Anthony Edwards

“Well the driver of the truck is Rodwell Williams—that’s the owner for the truck. And the driver ih right name da Maynard.”

Isani Cayetano

“What happened at the point where the piece of wood fell off the truck? Describe to me exactly what took place from that point onward.”

Anthony Edwards

“Whenever the big rosewood fell off the truck, it skate down to me. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t dodge so I get hit and I break my leg.”

Justina Edwards

Justina Edwards, Wife of Accident Victim

“When I mih dih come dah church, all I see is that big vehicle, big truck coming with amount of rosewood in it. When I see it coming, the vehicle swing the curve like nothing. When I see the rosewood fly off and ih swing in the air and then come and knock my husband. My husband done cross already and no vehicle was there—the vehicle mi done deh; I noh remember weh part. When I see the rosewood fly off and I see my husband fly ina the air and my baby fly ina di air and drop. And my baby di tremble like I noh know what. My baby unconscious too. When I see the rosewood drop and drag my husband foot and all ih shoes one side and I start to bawl across the road and bawl and bawl for my husband. Then I see the truck stop way from a distance. Ih couldn’t stop because the way how ih mi di drive ina speed it was like he coulda mi just fly. When time he drop, the vehicle stop wah good distance when the big truck stopped. Then Uncle Sammy, Sammy Edwards, mi di come to the same church when we were coming with him. And then he stop and see my husband and the ground and the baby. And then he stop and ask what happened? And when he see, the police is coming at the same time—some police that come from Belmopan. And he [the police] stop and said he can’t do anything—they have to wait till ambulance and my poor husband was laying on the road and then from that they said they will have to wait cause they can’t touch him. He coulda have stayed right there and died.”

The extraction of rosewood has become a thorny issue in the south where the Maya Leaders Alliance has been complaining of continued pillage of the forest.

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6 Responses for “Rosewood shipment causes accident injuries”

  1. Moses Benguche says:

    What a terrible accident. I feel for the family. The poor man was laying there with two broken legs and other injuries and I suppose a tremendous amount of pain. According to the wife, no one was allowed to touch him until the ambulance arrive. This seems to be the misguided practice in Belize, regarding touching or comforting accident victims until an ambulance arrives. In Belize, ambulances could take several hours to respond to an accident especially in rural areas. Victims could bleed to death or suffer great discomfort and pain during this waiting time. There is no evidence being preserved when people get hit contrary to the common belief. Any traffic violations or status of the driver can be determined by other means. The first action should be saving lives and comforting victims and get them to the hospital asap. In litigious societies, people are afraid of lawsuits in case they improperly cause additional injury when they move someone, but common sense should prevail. The poor woman couldn’t comfort her husband or child and watched them suffer in pain all the while bawling because she was not allowed to touch or move them. Please everyone in Belize, if you see me in an accident, hold my hand, stop the bleeding , give me simple first aid, wet mi hed with a towel, wipe the blood from my mouth, hold me and comfort me until the ambulance come. (I also have concerns in the manner the victim was interviewed by the reporter.) I also believe all policemen should be trained in first aid and police vehicles should be equipped with first aid kits since they are often first responders to accident scenes.

  2. Earl Grey says:

    IS THERE MORE ROSEWOOD BEING PLANTED OR……. are they just stripping the place without replenishing the forest??????????

  3. The Observer says:

    It was only a matter of time for such incident to took place. It is very sad, The family is a very poor family and has to go through this trouble because of these careless and playful individuals.

    Why can’t the gov do something to stop the rosewood harvesting. Its a shame how these people are just cutting down our resources. There are containers and containers being taken out from the Toledo District. There are no system in place for these people involve to replant a tree for ever tree they cut. It is so sad to see our resource being raped.

  4. Earl Grey says:

    @The Observer…THEY SHOULD PLANT TWO TREES FOR EVERY ONE HARVESTED….it’s not an endless supply you know….

  5. Initiate! says:

    I understand that rosewood makes lots of money, enough to cover ALL expenses related to the accident!!!

  6. Earl Grey says:


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