Six persons are dead after the vehicles they were traveling in collided head-on near mile seventeen on the George Price Highway. Lourdes Wade, her father, retired police officer Edwardo Wade Senior and her sister-in-law, Mayra Alcoser were three of the four passengers in the red SUV who lost their lives today. Also in the SUV was Lourdes’ brother, Justin Wade who survived the collision. Reports indicate that the family was returning home to Belmopan after attending Justin’s graduation from the Belize Coast Guard, when upon attempting to overtake another vehicle, the SUV collided into a white passenger van carrying tourists. While police officials are yet to provide details into the incident, Love News understands that there were at least six tourists in the van, heading to Belize City; of those passengers in the van, two has been confirmed dead. About two hours into the accident, Police Commissioner, Chester Williams spoke to our Stann Creek Correspondent briefly on the preliminary reports he had gotten on this incident.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Sadly I must say , and I will take the opportunity, to express our deepest condolences to the family of those who have perished in the multiple traffic fatality at mile 17 on the George Price Highway. That incident occurred just around 2:30pm there about this afternoon and from what I have been briefed it involves two vehicles and a head on collision and I have been briefed that about five to six persons are presumed dead while a number of other persons are injured. I have not gotten a full brief as to confirmation as to how many are dead but that should be forthcoming but for sure it is a multiple fatality. I know that at this time we have fire department, we have BERT on the scene and the police and they’re still going through the debris to see what can be collected as well as to care for those persons who are injured with a view to transport them safely to a hospital in Belize City where they can get further medical treatment.”
Family and friends gathered at the KHMH Morgue tonight in mourning as they are trying to come to grips with the tragedy. Meanwhile, Social Security offices in Belmopan will be opening one hour later than usual tomorrow morning as a staff meeting is being called. Love News is following this story and will be gathering more information for our subsequent news reports.