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Traffic mishap between bus and pickup leaves two injured

By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter

A traffic mishap at the junction of the More Tomorrow road on the George Price Highway, between a James bus and a pickup truck has left a couple from More Tomorrow village recovering from serious injuries.

At around 4:48 p.m., on July 15, 47-year-old Marcelino Umana and his common law wife, Suyapa Rodriguez were parked in their Toyota pick-up truck at the junction of the More Tomorrow feeder road, when a James bus heading towards Belize City collided into the back of their vehicle.

The impact of the crash flung Rodriguez out of her passenger seat, breaking her left arm, shoulder blades, and six bones in her ribcage. She was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in a critical condition.

Umana was taken to the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition, suffering from injuries to his head and back.

Family members say that Umana was heading towards Belize City, when he pulled over to the left turn towards the feeder road, where he parked to pick up someone. It is not clear, however, if Umana had pulled off entirely off the highway.

The bus, in an attempt to overtake another bus, tail clipped Umana’s pickup, truck sending it sailing several feet away.

No one inside the bus was injured, but the pickup was extensively damaged. The driver of the bus, 56-year-old Clyde Tasher, of Dangriga, was served with a Notice Of Intended Prosecution (NIP).

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