General — 19 August 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
Passenger bus and pickup collide on the Philip Goldson Highway

MILE 6, PHILIP GOLDSON HIGHWAY—A Ramos Bus passenger bus of Lords Bank, Ladyville, which was travelling to Belize City from Lords Bank loaded with passengers, was involved in a collision with a pickup truck near Mile 6 on the Philip Goldson Highway at about 11:00 this morning.

No one was killed, but several individuals suffered various degrees of injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was seen bloodied, and was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital along with 13 passengers from the bus.

The conductor of the Ramos bus told Amandala that at about Mile 6, a red pickup truck that was traveling in the opposite direction, from Belize City to Ladyville, swerved into his lane at an accelerated speed, and to avoid a head-on collision, the driver of the bus, Edward Harris, swerved to the left and ran off the road, but the pickup still slammed into the right front portion of the bus, causing extensive damage to the pickup.

Bert Ramos, the owner of the bus company, said that he was told by the passengers on the bus that the accident was not the fault of the driver.

Inspector Frederick Gordon, Sr., Regional Executive Officer and Commander of Ladyville police, said that their preliminary investigations determined that the bus was trying to avoid a head-on collision with the pickup.

The passengers of the bus were treated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, mostly for neck and chest injuries, and Harris, the bus driver, was also treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the red pickup suffered head and facial injuries.

Police are investigating the collision.

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