Several students were hurt when an SUV collided with a bus carrying students to school, at about 7:35 yesterday morning at an area between Miles 69 and 70 on the Philip Goldson Highway in Corozal.
The driver of the SUV, Eusebio Urbina, 58, of San Roman, also suffered injuries.
Urbina was travelling in a Jeep Cherokee from Santa Clara to Buena Vista in the Corozal District, when he lost control of his vehicle between Miles 69 and 70 on the Northern Highway, and slammed into the left front side of an oncoming school bus, being driven at the time by Lawrence Tillett, 55, of Belize-Corozal Road in Orange Walk, carrying students to the Belize Adventist College in Calcutta.
As a result of the collision, Urbina sustained a cut wound to his forehead, and complained of pain in the entire left side of his body – his left shoulder and left leg in particular.
Eight students onboard the school bus were hurt. Emily Perez, 15, of Guinea Grass Village, Orange Walk District, complained of pain in the left side of her face and neck; Oscar Castaneda, 13, of Douglas, Orange Walk District, sustained abrasions on his left leg; Hilmer Martinez, 16, of Douglas, Orange Walk District, complained of pain in his left elbow; Jelen Willoughby, 13, of San Lorenzo Road, Orange Walk District, complained of pain in the left side of her head; Zinadin Hernandez, 13, of Guinea Grass, sustained abrasions to his right elbow; Didra Ramos, 17, of Rio Bravo Street, Orange Walk Town, complained of pain in her right leg and the right side of her head; Shannel Mendoza, 14, of Douglas, complained of pain in the left side of her face; and Guicell Gillett, 17, of Palmar Boundary, Orange Walk District, complained of pain in her left hand.
Police said that statements from the witnesses were recorded, and a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) was served to both drivers.
Police said that on their arrival at the scene of the collision, they saw a blue Jeep Cherokee parked on the left side of the road with extensive damage to its front portion, and parked off the road in a cane field was a white and yellow 1996 Blue Bird bus, with damage to the left front side.
According to police, while Urbina was driving in the Jeep on the Philip Goldson Highway from the direction of Santa Clara, he lost control of the vehicle, and as a result drove into the left lane, into the incoming traffic, and that was why he collided with the left front portion of the bus, which was traveling in the opposite direction.
The bus then ran into a cane field on the left side of the highway.