Accidents/Drownings / Weekend News

BDF Ambulance overturns on the highway

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

A Belize Defense Force (BDF) pickup truck ambulance traveling on the Phillip Goldson Highway around 6:30 a.m. on Friday was involved in an accident and one person was injured in the incident.

According to Inspector Frederick Gordon, officer commanding the Ladyville police formation, the accident happened near mile 13 of the Phillip Goldson highway. Gordon said their initial investigations have revealed that the BDF truck was attempting to overtake another vehicle in front of it when it clipped the vehicle and careened off the road, then overturned, he said. One person who was traveling inside the truck received minor injuries and was taken to the BDF camp to be treated.

Officers at the scene took down information from both drivers and according to Gordon, he was not aware yet if any charges will be filed, but he was informed that it was the BDF truck that was at fault.

BDF Lieutenant Colonel Azariel Loria said the two soldiers traveling in the BDF vehicle were returning to Belize City because they had forgotten some supplies they were going to take for another brigade training in the Hattieville area.

According to Loria, while overtaking the blue Mitsubishi L200 truck, its driver swerved out, causing the BDF driver to run off the road, but when he tried to steer back out on to the road he collided with the truck, causing them to overturn.

Loria said the driver only received minor injuries but the passenger broke one of her arms and is receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The BDF truck was taken to the Price Barracks BDF camp.

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