A family in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District escaped serious injuries yesterday morning when a dump truck ran into their bungalow home. Reports are that the brakes from the truck malfunctioned causing the driver to lose control and ended parked inside the family’s living room. The incident occurred just after nine o’clock on Western Street in the vicinity of Chuc’s Gas Station. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett told the media today that there are no major injuries to report.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “The occupants of the home one Julie Magali and her two children Melvin Montalvan,9 years, and Jamid Montalvan, 7 years, received minor injuries. The drive was detained by police and later released pending the investigation. What we also have been able to gather is that those persons concerned have approached the family and have indicated that they will compensate for the damages. A statement has not yet been recorded from the witness, we are in the process of doing that at this time though.”
Reporter: Do you believe that speeding was a factor in this accident ?
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “We could not say because it was within town limits so we could not say or we are not ruling that out either.”
The home of Eliseyo Montalvan was completely destroyed and has been promised by the truck driver to cover the costs. Montalvan, his wife, and two children were all home at the time of the incident. His wife Judith and children miraculously only sustained minor injuries. Judith spoke about how the accident transpired.
Homeowner: “I’m going to explain what happened. I was inside the house when I heard the truck approaching. All I could think of was to get my kids out of the house. I was cooking and when I ran outside I left the stove on. I just left everything and ran outside I didn’t even think. I saw that truck coming and I needed to escape as fast as I could. I ran into my room but I realized if I stayed there the wardrobe would fall on me so I ran out of the room. I realized that the electrical wires were sparking – my crockpot exploded. I was afraid since the gas tank was still open and it could have exploded too. Thankfully someone closed it off. It’s a miracle I wasn’t hurt because the truck almost ran me over. The neighbors came to assist when they saw what transpired. I must have fainted because when I came to I was told that my children were okay. They told me that they had to call the light service to come and cut the sparking wires.”
Reporter: Did something happen to the kids ?
Homeowner: “The kids got scratches and my back is hurting, I can’t lift my leg and I just feel hurt.”
Love News also spoke to Montalvan about how he intends to deal with the aftermath of the accident. He said that he will take an inventory of what is left of his belongings and home and start the court process to claim insurance.