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Moderator comment: From Twitter, there was a two car accident at 6am this morning near the bridge over the Salado River in the Las Tablas area. Two people injured.

 

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Speeding motorist incinerated

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Alexis Zhuo Whong,  A  26-year-old Penonome businessman, was burned to death early Sunday morning on the Interamerican highway near Llano Marín, El Coco, Penonomé, Coclé after losing control of his pickup.  The impact was so strong that the vehicle broke in half and burst into flames. The father of three was believed to have been speeding. Itwas th 28th traffic death of the year in Cocle, three involving incineration.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/speeding-motorist-incinerated

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Moderator comment: Extracted from Twitter, which included content from La Prensa, regarding a bus in the Colon area that was involved in an incident and became incinerated.
 

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http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/incendio-colon/

https://twitter.com/EstrellaOnline/status/1052455144619696128

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4 hours ago, Moderator_02 said:

Moderator comment: Extracted from Twitter, which included content from La Prensa, regarding a bus in the Colon area that was involved in an incident and became incinerated.
 

http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/incendio-colon/

https://twitter.com/EstrellaOnline/status/1052455144619696128

 

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Five injured in blazing corridor bus

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AT LEAST five people were injured on the Panama-Colon corridor on Tuesday, October 16, when their bus heading for the capital city burst into fLames. 911 Ambulances took the injured to hospital and police closed the highway while firemen smothered the flames on the burned out wreck.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/five-injured-in-blazing-corridor-bus

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Minor bump driver killed by drunk

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The 65-year old driver of a truck carrying chickens whose vehicle was hit by by a 4x4 on the Panama- Ariajan- higway on Sunday evening, October 14 , was killed a few minutes later by a speeding impaired driver when he climbed down to check the damage.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/minor-bump-driver-killed-by-drunk

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Head-on crash kills father, daughter, injures four

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A head -on collision between a Panama-Darién coaster bus and a pick-up on the Pan-American Highway , in front of the police station in Caglón, Darién on Friday night, October 19 killed a father and his three-year-old daughter, and injured four others, pushing the country’s highway death toll for 2018 past the 300 mark. Traffic Police statistics show a regular surge in weekend traffic accidents with speed, alcohol intake and cell phone use as major contributing factors
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/head-on-crash-kills-father-daughter-injures-four

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32 injured in overturned bus

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Some 32 passengers were injured when a bus traveling into Panama City hit a tree and overturned on Avenida de Los Mártires, near  El Chorrillo on Sunday, October 21. National Police and emergency services transferred the injured to medical centers
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/32-injured-in-overturned-bus

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Here's the 'root' story from ElSiglo

More than 30 injured after crash and rollover of a bus

Erica Trujillo R. etrujillo@elsiglo.com.pa

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:00 a.m.

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The impact was strong and around 30 people were injured

Accident.

In the early hours of Sunday, a traffic accident was reported on Avenida de Los Mártires off El Chorrillo, in the direction of Panama.

According to information from the Transit, it was a 'red devil' bus from the La Chorrera - Panama route, which was coming down from the Bridge of the Americas when the driver of the bus apparently left the road, hit a tree and ended up overturning in a ditch.

The impact was strong and around 30 people were injured.

To the place arrived paramedics from the Unified Emergency Management System (Sume 911), and the National Police who transferred the wounded to the Santo Tomás Hospital and others to the Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/cronica-roja/30-heridos-tras-choque-vuelco/24088926

Edited by Keith Woolford
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These bus crashes result in complete destruction of the vehicle and several people harmed. Gotta wonder about qualifications of the drivers. Speed is the problem?

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3 dead in bus crashes, drunk driver kills one

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A  car driver became the third person to die on the weekend as the result of a head-on collision with a bus. The accident occurred on Sunday night Oct 21, when a man in his 40’s was killed near the City of Knowledge. A father and his three-year-old daughter,p assengers in a bus died in Darien on Friday evening when the bus was hit by a pickup.

Meanwhile, a  drunk woman driver left the road and killed a woman, 34 and seriously injured her husband 41, when her car struck the couple out for an evening stroll in David, Chiriqui on Sunday.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/3-dead-in-bus-crashes-drunk-driver-kills-one

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Lucky escape on Panama’s Cinta Costera

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THE DRIVER of this vehicle on the Cinta Costera, on Friday, November 2, walked away unhurt, claiming he was hit by another vehicle. Witnesses say he was speeding when he lost control and was stopped by a tree.
 
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/lucky-escape-on-panamas-cinta-costera

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Head on collision sends 7 to hospital

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Seven people were injured four of them critically, in an early morning head-on collision between two taxis. at the entrance of Las Garzas de Pacora on Thursday, November 1. Police are investigating the cause of the incident.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/head-on-crash-sends-7-to-hospital

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Drunk driver ran down traffic cop and fled

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A  drunk driver who on  Saturday slammed into  a National Police officer on the shoulder of the Pan-America highway in Arriajan is now in preventive detention after being chased and breathalyzed. The officer was the second in a week to be struck by a  driver illegally utilizing the hard shoulder in Arriajan .
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/drunk-driver-ran-downtraffic-cop-and-fled

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2 dead 5 injured in return-to-city taffic

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At least two people were killed and five injured, in traffic accidents in Cocle province as people began to return to Panama City after the holiday weekend when over 6,000 tickets were issued to errant drivers, including 100 driving under the influence. One of the deaths accompanied by five injured, some seriously,  was in Guzmán de Natá. Another death was on the Pan America highway when a car plunged from a bridge.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/2-dead-5-injured-in-return-to-city-taffic

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Speeding driver killed in Metro bus crash

Posted on November 18, 2018 in Panama

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A man  behind the wheel of a speeding  sedan who crashed into  a Metro bus doing a U-turn  was killed on  Saturday night on the Inter-American highway  in  the Palo Alto neighborhood, near  Diciembre 24 Witnesses said the bus driver made a "U" turn and surprised the driver of the other vehicle, who, apparently, was traveling at high speed,  causing the car to collide with the side of the bus.  The front of the car was demolished and the bus ended up in a ravine
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/speeding-driver-killed-in-metro-bus-crash

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Motor-cycle patrol cop killed, partner injured

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National Police officer, second corporal Erick Oscar Córdoba 28 serving in a  lynx (motor-cycle patrol) team in  Las Tablas was killed and his partner seriously injured on Friday morning, November 23, when they were hit by a vehicle. Cordoba died in the hospital Joaquín Pablo Franco Sayas. His partner. was air-lifted to Santo Tomas Hospital in the capital city The accident raised the total of highway deaths this year to 308.

A day earlier a woman riding pillion was killed when the motorcycle ran into the back of a taxi in  Felipillo, in the township of December 24. The motorcycle driver was hospitalized

Julio González, director of the  Transportation Authority (ATTT), said that this year there are 58 fewer highway victims compared to 2017.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/motor-cycle-policeman-killed-by-car

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Driver killed, two cops injured in Sunday crash

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Alex Alvarez, 20, the driver of a speeding sedan died instantly when he slammed into a police patrol car in Portobelo, Colon, on Sunday, November 25. Two uniformed officers suffered serious injuries and were transferred to a private hospital and were reported to be out of danger. Investigations are proceeding but initial reports indicate that the driver was intoxicated.  The incident raises the highway death toll in Colon this year to25  and nationally to 312
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/driver-killed-two-cops-injured-in-sunday-crash

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Pedestrian killed by ambassador’s car

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Vicente Rogmanolly, 67, died after being run over on Avenida Balboa, near the Hospital del Niño early on Sunday, December 2. Early reports said he was struck while on a zebra crossing but the driver of the Mercedes  Spanish  Ambassador to Panama, Ramón Santos Martínez said the victim was attempting to cross the road when the lights were against him. Rogmanolly died in the Emergency Room of the Hospital Santo Tomás, minutes after his admission, medical sources reported.

The strong impact threw him into the air and damaged the hood and the windshield of the vehicle.

The ambassador is 59 years old and presented his credentials in Panama in 2015.  He remained at the scene and is cooperating with police investigators.

Two other pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents on Sunday.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/pedestrian-killed-by-ambassadors-car

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Seven dead in weekend traffic incidents

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As thousands of families celebrated at the Panama  City Christmas parade on Saturday, December 15, four people died and a pregnant woman was seriously injured on the country’s highways bringing the traffic death toll for the year to 323.  Another three deaths were recorded on Sunday evening.

In  Praderas de San Antonio, a woman and her pregnant daughter, were hit by a speeding  4 x4  as they attempted to cross  a road in a residential area.

Witnesses said they have long been petitioning for traffic signal and better lighting in the area.

Firefighters had to lift the vehicle to release the pregnant woman, who was stabilized and taken hospital. In poor condition.

Paramedics tried for 40 minutes to resuscitate the other woman but she died at the scene.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/seven-dead-in-weekend-traffic-incidents

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Dump truck cuts power, jams traffic

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A dump truck which demolished a power line in La Cabima, Mayor Diaz on Tuesday morning  left hundreds of homes without electricity  and cable  services And forced the closure of the Electoral Tribunal in Plaza Las Cumbres  and  the Panama North headquarters of the Municipality of Panama as computers went down

Agents of the Transit Authority( ATTT ) and the Directorate of Traffic Operations of the National Police had to close two lanes  of the Transistmica road to the city, causing a massive traffic jam.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/dump-truck-cuts-power-jams-traffic

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