General — 03 February 2015 — by Kareem Clarke
Passenger bus slams tour bus at airport junction

LADYVILLE, Mon. Feb. 2, 2015–Major tragedy was averted this morning when a sky-blue passenger bus traveling from Sarteneja, Corozal, collided with a white, empty 30-seater tour bus which was about to make its way from the Philip Goldson International Airport junction onto the Philip Goldson Highway.

The incident occurred shortly after 10:00 a.m., and while the front ends of both buses were badly damaged, luckily, no one was seriously injured as a result of the collision.

Upon arriving at the scene, Amandala spoke to Mario Chan, the driver of the tour bus, who said that he was already turning onto the highway when he noticed the bus traveling at a high speed, and that by the time he tried to avoid the collision, the bus had already hit him.

Chan, who works with the TourTrans tour company, told us that he had gone to the airport to pick up passengers but didn’t end up transporting anyone, and, at the time of the incident, he was returning to Belize City.

The bus, which belongs to the tour company, was extensively damaged, and Chan suffered a cut on the left arm, and bruises on the shoulder and knee.

None of the passengers of the Sarteneja bus were injured.

The police’s Rural Executive Officer, Inspector Frederick Gordon, who was also on the scene, mentioned that they have noticed that drivers are frequently speeding along that stretch of the highway, which passes right through Ladyville, and as a result, they have implemented checkpoints in that area to curb that practice.

Gordon, who informed us that Ladyville police have been on the lookout for buses that are speeding and/or overloaded, therefore appealed to all drivers to slow down when approaching the villages along the highway, and added that efforts are being made to also put speed bumps in the area to improve the situation.

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