Monday, November 3, 2014

Honduras: Fatal Bus Crash Claims Fourteen Lives, 55 Injured, Described as "Perfect Storm"

COMMENT: As most of our readers know, I rarely have few positive statements to make about Honduras, largely because the nation is a crisis-in-progress 24/7.

As most of our readers know, Honduras has one of the highest crime rates on Earth, which is why I consistently discourage tourists from even visiting the country.

For those travelers who MUST travel to Honduras on governmental or business-related issues, I urge them to remain in the country as few a days as necessary.

I urge all of our US readers to review the below link VERY CAREFULLY:

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2014/09/honduras-homicides-double-between-2005

According to REUTERS, fourteen people were killed and 55 injured in western Honduras on Friday (October 31)  when a bus ran off a rural road and plunged some 260 feet into a ravine, the government said.

The heavily-loaded bus, which landed with its wheels pointing up, was carrying 69 people, said Moises Alvarado, head of the country's emergency services commission COPECO, who updated a prior estimate of 60 passengers.

The chartered passengers, all members of a Honduran-based Jehovah's Witness church, were traveling from the northern city of Choloma, said transportation official Quintin Juárez.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred near the town of San Juan de Opoa about 124 miles (200 kilometers) west of Tegucigalpa.

The death toll was high largely because so many adherents of the faith refused to accept blood transfusions.


Included in the passenger list on the ill-fated bus, was a link to a Tacoma, WA-based adventurer:

http://www.mydeathspace.com/article/2011/07/17/Julie_Engelmann_%2834%29_was_killed_in_a_bus_crash_while_visiting_Honduras


If I can offer any single piece of advice to travelers to Honduras, it is this:

Please avoid travel on rural roadways longer than an hour, particularly on elevated roadways.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If we have faith , we trust God and if we trust God we have everything in life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and words of wisdom.

arci

www.triciajoy.com

Anonymous said...

Here's a later report, possibly with more accurate figures: http://www.jw.org/en/news/headlines/?v=2552828400#mid702014132

Thanks for your details about this tragic accident and your warnings about travel to Honduras.