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Roadway Carnage, Traffic Accidents and Death Toll [An Ongoing Saga As Occurring]

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Marcelyn    74
9 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

Upside down near El Frances. One person injured.

 

What is the reason so many of the car accidents end up with the vehicle upside down? Speed, small car, etc.?  This seems a very common problem (position) with many of the car accidents here.

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Keith Woolford    299

Speed, bald tires, poor driving skills, inattention or distraction, over-confidence?

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Ministerial driver involved in 237th traffic death

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A COLLISION involving the chauffer of Panamas Deputy Minister of Security   that resulted in the death of a taxi driver on Saturday July 1 was the result of speeding according to police  reports.

The  incident took place in foggy conditions in  Unión Veragüense, in Chilibre in the north of Panama province

According to police details, the driver of the Mitsubishi government car was speeding towards the province of Colón at three in the morning. He was uninjured  but the taxi was demolished and the driver became the 237th  road  fatality  this year.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/ministerial-driver-involved-237th-traffic-death

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Trapped truck driver in three hour ordeal

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THE DRIVER of a  jack-knifed tractor trailer sat trapped in the truck’s cabin overhanging a bridge on Via Centenario for three hours until fellow workers arrived to rescue him  on Monday July 3.

The accident led to the closure of the highway  causing  massive rush-hour traffic jams, as four cranes were called in to remove  the vehicle.

According to the driver the accident at the bridge over the Pedro Miguel River occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle after hitting liquid on the road    and crashed into a concrete barrier

The cab  was suspended from the bridge and the driver  had to wait until 6:00 a.m. when his companions arrived from Aguadulce to rescue him. They passed a rope which he tied around his waist before climbing to safety, reports El Siglo.

“I’m calling on the authorities to pay more attention, this accident was not for speeding or smooth tires. There was a spill, possibly fuel on that stretch of  Centenario which is bad,” said the driver.

The truck was delivering recyclable materials from Cocle to Panama city

At least four cranes had to intervene to remove the articulated truck and Centenario road was totally closed from 7 a.m.

Inspectors of the Transit Authority (ATTT) and traffic police were called in to help guide traffic towards Panama City.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/trapped-truck-driver-three-hour-ordeal

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Brundageba    319

Wow.....imagine how freaked out the driver was during and after this incident until he finally reached land. 

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OPINION: Vested interests bloody road toll

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APPROXIMATELY 128 traffic accidents occur daily in Panama. Last year, 440 people lost their lives by these accidents.
One of the proven causes leading to more fatalities and serious injury is the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The trend increases, as  in 2016 there were 3,008 cases of impaired  driving, while in 2017 there have been 7,995 cases.

The country is the second in per capita consumption of alcohol in Central America. This abuse is a catalyst for intra-family violence and, of course, traffic accidents. This reality cannot be controlled only By the Traffic Police, and threats of increased fines and administrative sanctions.

The best response to this problem is to promote responsible consumption, with the participation of the private sector, health services and society in general. We have shed too much blood, letting alcohol and interests linked to this business continue to control the agenda. It’s time to save lives

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/opinion-vested-interests-bloody-road-toll

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Backpacker traffic victim # 242

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A YOUNG backpacker who was hit to the road  by the driverside  rearview mirror of a vehicle , was subsequently run over by other speeding vehicles which failed to stop, after the occupants of the first car had tried to assist him. The incident took place on Friday night on the Inter-American highway,

The incident took place on Friday night on the Inter-American highway, at the of Villa Karola entrance, in Penonomé, Coclé province. at 8:45 p.m.

The victim was the 242nd road fatality this year, pushing Panama to a record casualty rate arising from 120 traffic accidents each day.

Meanwhile, on Via Brasil in the capital city,  a taxi driver had  a narrow escape when the driver of a Range Rover lost control,  jumped the barrier in the center of the road.

The causes of most accidents are alcohol consumption, speeding, or cell phone use according to police reports.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/backpacker-traffic-victim-242

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Keith Woolford    299

Traffic fatality number 50 in Chiriqui occurred Saturday when another pedestrian on the PanAmerican near the bridge over Rio Piedra was tossed and then dismembered by other vehicles.

 

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One American dead, 3 injured in highway tragedy

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A  14-YEAR-OLD American visitor touring with his family became Panamas  latest road victim on  Monday afternoon, July  10 after the driver lost  control of the vehicle and crashed into a ravine.

Three others including the driver, his wife and their 10-year-old daughter were injured in the incident which took place on the Inter-American highway, at the Paso Real in the district of La Mesa, in Veraguas.

Traffic authorities said  the family were on their way to Panama City

All  the injured are detained in the Luis “Chicho” hospital, in Fábrega, Veraguas, and are  said out of danger.

El Siglo reported  that relatives of the accident victims traveled to Panama  on Tuesday to identify the dead boy and transfer the body to the United States.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/one-dead-3-injured-d-us-family-highway-tragedy

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Prosecutor killed, two critically injured

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and weeTHE DEPUTY  prosecutor of Pedasí, Olmedo Castro, died Sunday afternoon in a traffic accident in Coronosita sector of Tonosí, Los Santos province According to preliminary reports, he

According to preliminary reports, he apparently lost control and the vehicle  overturned. Two passengers were critically injured  and taken to Joaquín Sayas Hospital.

Units of the National Police and  the Public Ministry are investigating,

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/prosecutor-killed-two-injured-crash

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Keith Woolford    299

SINAPROC in Puerto Armuelles just posted this report of a vehicle which is partially submersed on the road to the Petroterminal. One body has been recovered.

 

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Triple collision injures 22 in Panama City

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A TRIPLE COLLISION  on the Avenida Des Martires, near El Chorillo in Panama City on Wednesday  afternoon, July 19,  sent 22  people to medical centers.

The drivers of the three vehicles,   a pickup a busito and  a sedan were detained in hospital and were in stable condition  reports the Panama Fire Department.

Most of the  injured  had lacerations and bruises on different parts of the body. Among them was a group of students returning  home from school in the busito.

The accident  was attended by officials from the Panama Fire Department and the National Police.

It came only days after a multi-vehicle pile up in Las Cumbres injured 17. Three people have died in traffic accidents this week.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/triple-collision-injures-22-panama-city

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2 dead 18 injured in traffic incidents

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PANAMA’S HIGHWAY  death toll this year is hovering around the  260 mark, while injuries total thousands.

The provinces of Chiriquí and added two more deaths to the list of fatalities on Monday, July 17.

A retired National Border Service captain (Senafront) lost control of his car and ended up in a river. The victim was identified as Joel Oscar Moreno Quintero, 53, who was driving a  pickup truck on the road from Puerto Armuelles to the Los Limones, in the Barú.district. His  death brings the total for Chiriquí this year to 51.

In Veraguas  Roberto Montezuma was killed and a young woman badly injured when they were hit by a hit and run driver on the inter-American highway, in San Pedro.

The 24-year-old woman was left at the accident site, but Montezuma’s body was dragged for 1,6 km to the  Cañazas exit.

The Public Ministry is investigating.

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Meanwhile,  17 people were injured in the El Palmar sector of Los Cumbres on Monday afternoon when the driver of a speeding sedan lost control and crossed the road to hit a busito and a coaster.

Fire service personnel were called to evacuate passengers from the upended bus.

Ambulances took the injured to hospital for treatment, and one was detained with serious injuries.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/2-dead-18-injured-traffic-incidents

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