Second truck accident in days at Jaguar Paw junction

A man is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after a towhead truck ran him over on the George Price Highway. On Tuesday last week we reported on a traffic accident between miles 37 and 38 on the George Price Highway in front of the Jaguar Paw Junction where a large 18 wheeler truck hit the rear of a blue Izuzu vehicle killing 56 year old American National Teresa Neuers.

On Monday morning, shortly before 11 o clock, there was another traffic accident so close to the location of last week’s accident that witnesses are calling it deja vu.

vlcsnap-2015-02-24-06h49m00s171According to reports, 55 year old Pablo Martinez, a Belizean construction worker and resident of Frank’s Eddy Village, Cayo Disctrict, was coming home from work in Belize City and had just gotten off the bus a couple 100 yards past the Jaguar Paw junction, when he was hit by a tow head truck coming from the opposite direction enroute to Belize City.

Police investigations have revealed that shortly before 11 am, Levi Figueroa, a truck driver of Duck Run 3, was driving on the George Price Highway, when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, ran off to the left hand side of the road and knocked down Mr Martinez, before turning over inside the ditch.

David Andrews, a licensed tour guide, was waiting for a job at the junction of Jaguar Paw when the accident occurred, and was also one of the first responders on the scene.

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vlcsnap-2015-02-24-07h03m43s34vlcsnap-2015-02-24-06h47m07s44David Andrews – Witness

“I could see his whole forehead was burst out.  His head was almost twisted around, blood coming from his head [and] nose.  So I think  he got a serious injury from the towhead.  He was still bleeding when the ambulance came.

I immediately called the police.  For some reason the ambulance [took] almost an hour from Belmopan  to come to the site.  I timed it, almost an hour for the ambulance from Belmopan to this junction here, which is probably only about 16 miles.  It only takes 20 minutes from Belmopan to get here on the bus, 15 to 20 minutes.  So I don’t know what’s going on.” 

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Anna Martinez, the wife of Pablo Martinez, explained to us how she got the news that her husband was in an accident.

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vlcsnap-2015-02-24-06h47m42s157vlcsnap-2015-02-24-06h54m23s60Anna Martinez – Wife of Accident Victim

[Translated]  “I was at church cleaning.  When I came back, someone reached on a motorcycle, crying out for me, and told me that my husband was in an accident and that he was dead.   At that moment my neighbors took me there. 

When I reached there, I ran to him and I saw that he could see me.  I could see it in his eyes that he saw me, but he couldn’t say anything, and the police took me away from there.  Yes, I think he recognized me, and realized that I was there.”  

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55 year old Pablo Martinezwas rushed to the Western Regional Hospital and then transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital , where he remains in a critical condition.

As for that stretch of road that has seen two accidents in recent days, according to tour guide David Andrews, something needs to be done about speeding towhead trucks and the busy intersection at the Jaguar paw junction.

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David Andrews

“They have to put either [speed] bumps or a roundabout, because this is one of the busiest sites in Belize. where a lot of vehicles are coming in and going in to the cave. 

I’ve been out here almost every day, and I’ve almost seen a lot of accidents out here, especially with towheads coming in very fast.  So I think the Government needs to do something about that, which allow these truckers to drive at the limit, at least 45 to 50.  So that’s what I would ask the Government to do.” 

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The driver of the towhead truck, Levi Figueroa, has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution. Police continue investigations.
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