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Three more dead after vehicle plunges from off bridge

Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter

Three more persons lost their lives in a traffic accident on Sunday when the vehicle they were traveling in plunged off a one-lane bridge in St. Margaret’s village.

Police report that around 2:05 p.m., on Sunday, Harold Albert Smith, 37, was driving a gold-colored Toyota Camry car from Belmopan towards Dangriga along with passengers, Alonso Frazier, 37, and Marlon Flowers, 41. Smith reportedly lost control of the vehicle and plunged off the bridge and into the river.

Police say that upon their arrival at the scene, they observed the extensively damaged car in the river, with Smith trapped inside, apparently dead.

Frazer’s body was also observed on the ground, while Flowers was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

In less than 3 days there have been 3 separate traffic accidents on the same bridge, located between mile 31 and 32 on the Humming Bird Highway. Four persons have died as a result, and several others injured.

The bridge is a narrow crossing which only allows traffic to traverse one way at a time, and has no guard rails to prevent vehicles from plunging into the river below.

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