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Two  dead  one critical in crash inferno

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COCLE firefighters found two people  burned to death and a third critically injured with second and third degree burns  in a  blazing vehicle  on the Pan-America highway at dawn on Monday, September 3 near the River Chico in  Natá,The authorities have initiated investigations to determine the causes of  the accident, which raises the slaughter on  Panama highways this year to 141.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/two-dead-one-critical-in-crash-inferno

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Drunk drivers increasing threat on Panama roads

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Impaired driving is a growing threat on Panama highways leading to hundreds of deaths and thousands often of  not only the drunk behind the wheel and his passengers but other drivers and pedestrians, including hit- and- run cases. Chiriqui figures high on the accident fatality list with 48 so far this year.

Last weekend a police crackdown in the province netted 23 impaired drivers between Friday morning and Sunday.

Jovan Alexis Hernández González, 23, who has never had a driving license scored 48 percent on the breathalyzer after driving into a house in Las Lomas causing major damage and severely injuring his 19-year-old  passenger.

On the Pan-American highway in front of  Chiriqui, Mall the driver of a sedan lost control and brought down a power line. Rodrigo Espinoza was tested for alcohol and scored 41 percent.

In Volcán another driver overturned and scored 30 on the breathalyzer. Another was caught driving fall-down drunk on the Pan-American highway, in front of the San Diego Gallera in Bugaba.

Meanwhile, in Panama City, two drunk Colombians on a motorcycle tried to evade a police checkpoint. A patrol car gave chase and they were found to be without papers of any kind, including driving licenses.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/drunk-drivers-increasing-threat-on-panama-roads

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Earlier this morning, a member of the National Police, First Sargent José Hernandez, lost his life in this crash near Los Algarrobos.

The small vehicle appears to be split in two.

Edited by Keith Woolford

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Holy cow! Was he trying to commit suicide?

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The deceased officer’s photo. He was a 20 year veteran of the PN on the way to his shift in Boquete. Apparently he lost control of the vehicle, got into the ditch until he hit a driveway culvert pitching the car against a tree. 

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R.I.P.

Edited by Keith Woolford

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I feel so sad.  When they created those ditches so close to the road it looked so dangerous. .  They are ridiculously deep. There is no chance for recovery if something causes a loss of control...could be as simple as an animal in the road.   

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In front of Mall Chiriqui a few hours ago. Small vehicle destroyed after crashing into a fixed object. (post?). The injured have been hospitalized.

This beautiful young woman, Melany Valdes, 21 years old, has now passed away as a result of the injuries she suffered as a passenger in this wreck on Sunday in front of Mall Chiriqui.

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R.I.P.

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Street thief among  Three  traffic  deaths

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Three pedestrians were killed in separate traffic incidents in Panama West on Thursday, September 6, one in Ariajan and two in  Chorrera. One of the Chorrera deaths was a man fleeing from a  street robbery who attempted to board a moving bus, and fell under the wheels according to witnesses.  Meanwhile, in  La  Cabima, a young passer-by stopped to provide shade with her umbrella for a man hit by a truck until an ambulance arrived.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/street-thief-among-three-traffic-deaths

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Moderator comment: That looks serious. Thankful that it resulted in no fatalities.

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5 injured in rear-ender

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Five people were injured in a rear-end collision involving a delivery truck and a taxi in f San José, Chilibre, on  Saturday, September 8. Both vehicles were badly damaged and a concrete structure collapsed. Paramedics  treated the injured.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/five-injured-in-rear-ender

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I’ve seen a number of these very small taxi vehicles dash around trucks without knowing what was ahead in the road. Don’t know the circumstances that caused this accident, but I don’t drive hoping trucks can stop quickly. Can’t happen.

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Dump truck closes highway and bridge

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The Transístmica highway near the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Social security Hospital Complex was closed through  Sunday, September  9  after a dump truck crashed in the morning into one of the columns that support a pedestrian bridge.  Experts from the  Civil protection authority (Sinaproc) were called in to assess the damage and the footbridge was closed. After striking the column,  the truck also collided with one of the kiosks that operate at a stop under the bridge.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/dump-truck-closes-highway-and-bridge

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Taxista brings highway death toll to 247

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THE DRIVER  of a speeding taxi was killed and his two elderly passengers badly injured on Tuesday night, September 11  in El Peñón, Alcalde Díaz.

Witnesses said the driver,40,  lost control crossed into the opposite lane and hit a concrete post. When paramedics arrived he was dead. The passengers. a man 78,  and a woman  64,   were transferred to hospital where they are in stable condition.

The incident brings the death toll on Panama roads this year to 247.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/taxista-brings-highway-death-toll-to-247

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Highway death toll reaches 250

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aThe 67-year-old driver of a small pickup was killed in a head-on collision on Friday, September 14 in Rio Hato, Panama West.

The accident was caused by a vehicle whose driver lost control while believed to have been chatting on a smartphone. “Inattention” is a major cause of traffic accidents in Panama.

On Saturday afternoon a man was run over and killed by a garbage truck in front of the Gran David Hotel on the Trans-America Highway in Veraguas The two incidents bring the total highway deaths this year to 250.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/highway-death-toll-reaches-250

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Three dead 22 injured in weekend accidents

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Two people were killed and  19 injured on Sunday afternoon, September 16  in a head-on collision between a sedan and a coaster-type bus in  San Andrés, Paso Canoas, Chiriquí. The driver and passenger in the sedan died on the spot.

The injured were transferred to various hospital in  Chiriqui said the  Panama Fire Department on Twitter.

A  motorcyclist was killed on the Interamerican highway, near the Cerro Silvestres in Arraiján on Saturday night while in La Chorrera firefighters needed 30 minutes to extract three people from a wrecked taxi on the main road to Los Mortales de La Chorrera.  The injured were transferred to the Nicolás A. Solano Hospital.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/three-dead-22-injured-in-weekend-accidents

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20 injured as bus plunges into creek

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OVER 20  passengers, mostly students,   were injured when a diablo verde (green devil) bus hit a pedestrian, swerved and collided with a taxi before plunging into a creek, on the Boyd Roosevelt road (Transistmica) in Cativa, Colon at noon on Friday, September  21.
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Three injured

Meanwhile, in Chiriqui,   three people were severely injured as their sedan was  entering  the Trans-America Highway in  David  and was  hit by a truck carrying a crane

In Cuatro Altos, Colon a car crashed into a locomotive at a railway crossing and was dragged several meters. The driver, who was slightly injured accepted responsibility and said he had been distracted reports El Siglo.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/20-injured-as-bus-plunges-into-creek

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Taxi driver fails [dies] after accident

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:06 a.m.
Digital Writing El Siglo
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So far the identity of the victim is unknown

A fatal victim left a traffic accident registered in Nuevo Veranillo, at the height of Suntracs Street. It is a taxi driver.

The National Police keeps the area cordoned off to all avoid this route. So far the identity of the victim is unknown.

 


 

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Conductor de taxi fallace tras accidentarse 

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sábado 22 de septiembre de 2018 - 9:06 a.m.
Redacción Digital El Siglo
online@elsiglo.com.pa

Hasta el momento se desconoce la identidad de la víctima

Una víctima fatal dejó un  accidente de tránsito registrado en Nuevo Veranillo, a la altura de la Calle Suntracs. Se trata de un conductor de taxi.

La Policía Nacional mantiene el área acordonada a todos evitar esta ruta. Hasta el momento se desconoce la identidad de la víctima.

 

http://elsiglo.com.pa/cronica-roja/conductor-taxi-fallace-tras-accidentarse/24084299

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