Marcelo Damien Aguilar, 28, a taxi driver of Concepcion, Corozal, died after he suffered massive head and body injuries as a result of a 3-way collision between a van, a pick-up truck and a 10-wheeler truck, which occurred between Miles 87 and 88 on the Philip Goldson Highway at about 8:00 last night.
Aguilar was declared dead on the scene.
The other persons involved in the collision are Servando Salazar, 44, of Orange Walk Town, the driver of the 10-wheeler truck; Gabriel Pott and his wife Elodia Pott, who were traveling in the pickup; and Francisco Hernandez, 16, and Nelson Pech, 21, both of Concepcion, who were travelling with Aguilar.
Police said that Aguilar was heading from the northern border to Corozal; Servando Salazar was driving the 10-wheeler truck to the Northern Border from Corozal, and travelling behind him in their pickup truck were Gabriel Pott and his wife.
According to police reports, upon arriving between Miles 87 and 88 near the Chan Chen junction with the Philip Goldson Highway, Aguilar lost control of his van and slammed head-on into the 10-wheeler, causing Salazar to lose control of the truck, which ran off the road and overturned – landing with its 10 wheels in the air, on the right side of the road.
Aguilar caromed off the 10-wheeler and collided with the driver’s side of the pickup that was travelling behind the 10-wheeler.
As a result of the impact, Aguilar was hurled out of his vehicle and landed on the pavement, suffering massive head and body injuries as a result.
Police say that Elodia Pott complained of pain in the chest and she also sustained abrasions to the chest; Salazar received large cut wounds on the right side of his face and nose; Hernandez sustained injuries to the right side of his foot and abrasions on the right side of his chest, and Pech sustained a cut wound to the right side of the head.
Salazar was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Aguilar’s body was taken to the Corozal Hospital, where it was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.
Police continue to warn drivers to drive carefully when travelling on the highways.