Drivers escape death in early morning RTA

By Benjamin Flowers

Two people narrowly escaped death this week, following an early morning road traffic accident between miles 5 and 6 on the George Price Highway.

Devon Bailey, 25, of Belize City, and Randean Valerio, 25, also of Belize City, were headed towards Belize City around 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday when Bailey lost control of his car and crashed into a Unicomer Belize cargo truck driven by Santiago Perez, 55, of Orange Walk.

Bailey and Valerio ended up trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extracted by members of the Belize Fire Service. Authorities rushed them to the hospital where doctors diagnosed Bailey with head injuries and a broken leg, while they listed Valerio as being in a “stable but critical condition.”

Police say that they have issued a notice of intended prosecution and will continue investigating the accident. Many drivers that traverse that section of the George Price Highway, noted this week that the area is dangerous because it has several yards of loose gravel that is not properly demarcated with signs.

The accident is one of several which has taken place within city limits in the past six weeks. Scores have been injured and more than 60 people have died by road traffic accidents for 2017, prompting the Ministry of Transport to consider new legislation to address specific road safety issues such as distracted driving.

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