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Near La Chorrera this morning.  Somehow these two vehicles collided head-on on the right shoulder. Fatalities.

 

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Two drivers flee after fatal accidents

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POLICE are looking for two drivers who fled after weekend fatal highway accidents.

Anina Dellasera, 52, died on Saturday night, January 13, after being run over by a hit and run driver on the Pan-America highway near the fire and police offices in Lomas de David.

In the Ngäbe Bugle region a  state-owned pickup of the representative of the Municipality of Chami in the Comarca Ngäbe Bugle, of the state collided with a sewer fixture at 5:10 am on Sunday, leaving one person dead and one injured.

The pickup was traveling in the direction of San Felix when the driver lost control.

A passenger identified as Abel Prado Caballero was killed and another was taken to the emergency room of the Regional Hospital Oriente Chiricano in San Felix The driver fled but the injured passenger has refused to disclose his identity reports El Siglo.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/two-drivers-flee-fatal-accidents

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16 injured in bus collision

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SIXTEEN people were injured following a collision between a pickup and a bus, in Herrera on Monday afternoon, January 15. The incident took place at the entrance of Majarilla in Ocú.

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The injured  were  treated by Fire Department  and Unified Service of Emergency Management staff and  taken to hospitals in Santiago, Ocú and Chitré,

 

 

 

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/16-injured-bus-collision

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Teacher activist dies in rollover

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A 61-year-old educator and teacher activist  Robin Castillo was killed in the late afternoon on Sunday, January  14  when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was involved in a collision and rolled over. He was thrown through a door onto the roadway.

The accident took place on the road to La Colorada de Santiago in Veraguas.

Castillo a member of the Association of Veterans Educators (AEVE) was a prominent education proponent.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/teacher-activist-dies-rollover

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Is all of this carnage a new definition of insanity?

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Spectacular crash crushed taxi, no deaths

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A  SPEEDING heavy truck hit and crushed a taxi sending both vehicles into a ditch with no fatalities to add to this year’s total of 15.

The spectacular accident happened at 8 a.m. on  Monday, Jan 15 Bajo Grande, in the district of La Chorrera.

Residents arrived to help the two injured people in the taxi and 911 paramedics took them the Emergency Room of the Nicolás A. Solano Hospital, where they were stabilized.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/spectacular-crash-crushed-taxi-no-deaths

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Girl 9 and grandmother killed by CSS truck

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A 9-year-old  girl and her 64-year-old grandmother were hit and killed by a Social Security Fund (CSS) truck on the InterAmerican highway, near the bridge over the Lajas River, in San José de San Carlos, in Panama West on Tuesday, afternoon January 16.

They were just 100 meters from the family “super” and residence at the entrance of Punta Barco. They died instantly and  the collision threw both into a ditch

Witnesses said the truck was speeding in an area where signs call for a reduction to 60 kilometers an hour. Residents say the sign is largely ignored by passing traffic.

 
 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/girl-9-grandmother-killed-css-truck

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Baby killed, six seriously injured in head-on crash

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A sixteen-month-old baby girl was killed and seven people seriously injured in a head-on collision between two sedans in  Guararé,  Los Santos province on Thursday night, Jan 18.

The injured included technical staff of the Panama East sub-15 baseball team.

The baby died minutes after entering the emergency room of Las Tablas hospital reports El Siglo.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/baby-killed-six-seriously-injured-head-crash

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On 1/19/2018 at 8:46 AM, Moderator_02 said:

 

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Homicide charges in  vehicle deaths

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THE DRIVER  of a Social Security Service vehicle that hit and killed a nine-year-old girl and her grandmother aged 60 on Tuesday, January 16, has been charged with aggravated homicide.

Denzil Raúl Ameglio,48, appeared before Judge of Guarantees Iris Barría in La Chorrrera on Thursday.

The couple were killed on the Trans-America highway  100 meters from their home in the district of  San Jose in San Carlos where 60 km speed signs are posted, but residents say that many vehicles do not slow down, and there have been other tragedies, including fatalities.

Ameglio’s license has been suspended and he must report twice a month while investigations continue.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/homicide-charges-vehicle-deaths

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 At this time there is a huge mess at the bottom of the hill entering Boquete, as a result of a tractor trailer coming from the Feria having collided with at least one other smaller vehicle and then running off the road and blocking both lanes.

Tránsito police have finally arrived and are trying to clear it up.

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Quality and timely information!!!!   Thanks Keith. 

It's items like this that make this site most helpful and #1.

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I was caught in this mess this morning. After about 40 minutes of inching forward, I finally cleared the accident site. Glass all over the highway. The backup was up beyond the Terpel station in Alto.

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Lemme guess, lemme guess.  A vehicle with no working brake lights stopped in front of the big rig to make a turn?

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Panama road carnage continues in 2018

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2017 saw a  fall in the number of deaths on Panama roads, but for a country with a population of around four million, the death toll remains frighteningly high.

The carnage continues in 2018 with 16 deaths in the first 15 days. and major accidents involving public transport continue to pile up.

Last year, according to figures from the National Traffic Operations Directorate (DNOT), 50,027 accidents were registered nationwide, resulting in 13,125 injuries and 412 fatalities in 2016  there were 440 victims.

Traffic authorities handed out 410,233  sanctions, over  28, 000 thousand more than in 2016. Of these 5,585 were for proven drunkenness.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/panama-road-carnage-continues-2018

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25  injured in triple collision

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EARLY REPORTS  said that 25 people were injured in a  Monday morning rush hour triple collision in San Juan de Chilibre.

Two buses and an articulated vehicle were involved in the crash near the Argos cement factory.

One person was trapped in the wreckage and Fire Department staff arrived with “jaws of life” equipment.

A fleet of 911 Service ambulances ferried the injured to health centers, and traffic in the area was brought to a stop.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/25-injured-triple-collision

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According to our resources, a vehicle hit a power post this morning in the Los Molinos area on the hiway between Boquete and David. Accident occurred earlier this morning. Entire electrical power for Boquete expected to be out for many hours.

 

 

 

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Taxi death, brings highway toll to 24

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A 48-year-old taxi driver whose car ended up embedded in the back of a transport truck on Thursday night. Jan.25,   became the 24th highway fatality of 2018, and the second taxi operator to die in a crash during the week.

The latest accident was on the Pan-American Highway in the Union de Azuero community in the Chepo district. The earlier incident was in Veraguas, and the driver was killed in a head-on collision

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/taxi-death-brings-highway-toll-24

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This weekend:

5,158 tickets issued

1,344 for Speeding

150 for DUI

372 Vehicles Towed

5 Fatalities 

 

Edited by Keith Woolford

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10 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

This weekend:

5,158 tickets issued

1,344 for Speeding

150 for DUI

372 Vehicles Towed

Those numbers seem a long way from the ‘no enforcement’ standards that some people claim are prevalent, and I doubt very much all the sanctions were issued as a result of ‘checking documents’ and soliciting bribes. I think folks need to recognize that the Police and the Transit Authority are constantly increasing efforts to do their part to decrease traffic fatalities, because its the nuts behind the wheels that need tightening.

These cops have to attend at horrible crashes and then go home with memories of mangled bodies so I think they can become invested in the work.

Personally, I think heavy fines, towing, and licence suspensions are required. That’s what got the highways under control in N.A., anyway.

Doug mentioned bribes, it’s a good point except I honestly believe that culture is diminishing. I drive a lot, and in over thirteen years have been stopped a number of times, but have never actually been ‘proposed to’ by a Tránsito

What would be interesting to know is how many people on this Forum have, first hand, been asked outright for a bribe by a Police officer?

Not interested in third party stories, or cases where a bribe was offered by the offender.

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A year or so ago I accidentally got onto the toll way at Albrook. It's not that hard to do if you're unfamiliar with the roads. I don't have a Panapass, but there is no way to turn around.  I stopped at the toll plaza and an officer instructed me to pull over to the shoulder. He ran my license, and eventually wrote $10 on a scrap of paper and handed it to me and then walked to passenger side window, presumably blocking the view of any cameras. To be clear, he didn't actually ask for a bribe. However, I did pull $10 out of my wallet, and he took it and pointed to the next exit and waved goodbye. 

You be the judge. Maybe it was just a "spot fine."

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Me too. Bribe requested from me in David. Personally I would like to see more patrolling on the road to Boquete, seems like much crashes lately.

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11,120 speeding tickets in January

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SPEEDING Panama drivers collected    11,120 tickets in January and another 2,112  were handed out for badly parked vehicles says the Directorate of Traffic Operations (DNOT).  

Those who can’t resist using a cell phone while driving got 837. Vehicles without license plates received  80 tickets and those with expired plates, 663.

Impaired drivers earned  690 fines plus towing and license suspension.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/11120-speeding-tickets-january

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National Traffic death toll reaches 32

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A 69-year-old pedestrian who chose to walk on the road when there was a sidewalk, was hit and killed by a taxi on Saturday, February 3, bringing the traffic death toll for 2018   to 32.

The accident occurred n Bello Horizonte, on the road that leads to Los Centauros in the district of Bugaba, Chiriqui.

Commissioner Elmer Castillo, head of the Subdirectorate of Traffic Operations, said that the pedestrian did not use the sidewalk.

He was the sixth traffic victim in Chiriqui this year, 14 less than the for the same period last year, but the national rate remains on par with 2017.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/national-traffic-death-toll-reaches-32

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