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Saturday, July 26 2014 @ 01:13 PM EDT

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Four Dead in Four Days on the Road to the Centennial Bridge

Cars & Transportation By Milerick Alvendas for El Siglo - The road leading to the Centennial Bridge, where death watches, claimed its fourth victim in four days. Yesterday, a woman died when the driver of a light truck lost control and the vehicle fell into the gap between the two bridges that cross the railroad tracks, in an accident that also left three others injured. The woman was traveling without documents, the children called her Carmen, and they were traveling in a Nissan Xtrail SUV with license plate 423642, driven by Boris Omar Salvatierra, who was returning from the area of Arraiján after having picked up their maid in the company of his two children, Boris and Jorge Luis Salvatierra, 12 and 3 years old, respectively. (more)
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Amazing - Three Accidents in the Same Place

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Amazing. This afternoon a woman driving a van apparently fell asleep at the wheel while driving on the road to the Centenario Bridge. She struck the side of the bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks, the van flew through the air and landed on the track, and the driver was killed. While police were at the scene of that accident and recovering the body of the driver, a guy driving a dump truck slammed into a Tropigas truck full of LPG gas tanks, pinning the gas truck against a fire truck. Then, another guy driving a different dump truck, who was driving drunk, slammed his truck into the crowd, sending two cops and a civilian flying off of the bridge and flipping his truck on its side. All of this from "Codigo 4" on channel 13 this stuff. Amazing. I've said it often - the most dangerous thing you'll do in Panama is drive.

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"...and they drive them until the wheels fall off..."

Cars & Transportation La Critica - A "Diablo Rojo" bus with license plate number 3B - 621 that covers the Puerto Escondido - Colón route, lost the back axle, scarring passengers who ran from the bus when the incident occurred. Driver Daniel Betancourt was not speeding (driving at a normal speed) when the incident occurred in Calle 16. The tires on the bus were bald. (Editor's Comment: I've said in the past that here in Panama they take those retired school buses and "drive them until the wheels fall off." This is what I was talking about. I see these kinds of articles about three or four times a year.)
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Motorcycle vs. Racoon Accident - Raccoon Wins

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The other day I had to make a run out to the Amador Causeway. On the way out I encountered the scene of a motorcycle accident. Actually, the ambulance had already arrived and the paramedics were in process of loading the victim on the gurney for transport. Apparently the driver was heading out towards the end of the causeway and a raccoon ran out in front on him. Not wanting to strike the raccoon, the driver swerved violently, lost control of his bike, and crashed. The good news - the raccoon was fine. (more)

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Helicopter Crash in Calidonia

Cars & TransportationLocal media has been busy lately reporting about a helicopter crash that ocurred in Calidonia. The presumed faulty chopper crashed onto the Banana Price, across the street fom El Machetazo department store during business hours. I've been following the news since the first phoned-in report; so far media has reported four dead. Apparently the chopper belonged to the Servicio Aereo Nacional, codename SAN-100. Parts of the helicopter landed on the street, and fire has erupted.
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Bus Owners Concerned Over "Transmóvil" Plan

Cars & Transportation By Meredith Serracin for the Panama America - Members of the "Unión de Bases Transportistas y Usuarios" (Union of Transportation Unions and Users) who oppose the "Transmóvil" public transportation project which has been announced by the government, that they will meet today at 5:00 pm to analyze the possibility of paralyzing transportation services. Sergio Molina, a leader of the bus owners union, said that with this plan the government wants to squeeze them out of this business which they have maintained all this time without any support from anyone. Molina said the majority of bus owners do not want to sell their vehicles because they are afraid they will become unemployed and end up without a way to feed their families.
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Saved By A Miracle

Cars & Transportation La Prensa - A 76 year old woman and her grandson were almost squashed by a articulated truck loaded of enormous metal cylinders that fell on her residence in Gatún, in the area of Limón, province of Colón. The woman said she was in the kitchen when she heard a loud noise and the house shook. The wheels of the truck ended up just centimeters from her back. (Photo Credit: Amada Racero - Special for La Prensa)
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Fuel Truck Cashes and Burns on Colon-Panama Highway

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning a fuel tanker carrying "bunker" fuel oil crashed and caught fire on the Transisthmian highway, the road that connects Colon and Panama City, near the cement plant. Luckily the driver was able to escape the crash and was uninjured in the accident. The fuel in the tanker caught fire, prompting police and fire officials to close the road and briefly evacuate the area, fearing a possible explosion. Eventually firemen arrived with a foam truck and extinguished the flames. Traffic was (of course) all screwed up going both ways. As of right now the fire is out and the road has been reopened.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Fare alert: check out those tickets to Panama City

Cars & TransportationBy Grant Martin for gadling.com - I hear that Costa Rica is all blown out by tourists and that Panama is the new hot destination in Central America. Why not check things out for yourself with some secret sales going on today bound for Panama City (PTY)? Delta and American Airlines got into it this morning with some discounted fares from each other's hubs. And while as of lunch time Delta availability is starting to dry up, I'm still picking up tickets in the sub 250$ range on American from several domestic cities into PTY. A quick dummy booking from Atlanta from June 12 to 16th yielded a paltry 227$ fare, while Cincinnati was 241$ and Salt Lake City was 227$. The sale only seems to be good for flights only taking place in June. Time to buck up and commit to that summer vacation that you were going to take the wife and kids on. Too bad I'm all booked up for June. Don't forget about the double elite miles promotion that's going on at American through June 15.
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Man Struck By Car, Falls from Southern Corridor Bridge into Bay of Panama, and Survives

Cars & Transportation By Irma Rodríguez Reyes for El Siglo - On Friday night at 10:20 pm Ricardo Cedeño lived through a miracle in the flesh. He had been waiting for more than three hours for a tow truck after the van he was driving broke down on the bridge of the Southern Corridor that runs over the Bay of Panama. His vehicle was pulled off to the side of the road, and he was sitting on the retaining wall waiting for help, but what he didn't imagine was that soon rescuers would be coming to save his life, and not just to tow his car. As he was waiting, a Toyota Prado hit his car that was sitting on the shoulder of the road - the impact sent him flying off of the bridge and into the waters that were 5 meters below the bridge. The impact occurred at kilometer marker 17 on the bridge according to Edison Salinas of the Operations Department of the Souther Corridor. According to a police officer who arrived at the scene, both drivers were traveling alone and both were injured in the accident. When rescued by firemen, Cedeño showed signs of hypothermia and had a broken ankle. Ricardo Cedeño is a man, about 50 years old, and is the owner of the El Prado restaurant. When he fell off the bridge and into the water the tide had not yet come in and the muck cushioned his fall. This was probably the difference between life and death, because about 30 minutes after he was rescued the tide came in. The Southern Corridor was closed for more than an hour. Both of the injured drivers were taken by ambulance to receive medical attention. The owner of the Toyota was taken to the Hospital San Francisco at the request of his family members. Cedeño was taken to the Hospital Santo Tomás, according to the police officer.
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