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Fatal Traffic Accident On Pan American Highway

Traffic AccidentsA 38 year old man was killed and a 33 year old woman was injured in an serious traffic accident that occurred on the Pan American highway, on the bridge over the Farallón river. The driver of the vehicle lost control, crashed into the bridge, and then overturned. (more)

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Traffic Accident At The National Police Headquarters in Ancon

Traffic AccidentsThis morning there was a traffic accident just outside of the headquarters of the National Police, located in Ancon. (more)

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165 Collisions So Far During Carnival

Traffic AccidentsIn the beginning of the first day of Carnival there have been 165 collisions, five rollovers, and four people have been run over in various parts of the country, according to reports from the Emergency Operations Center (COE).

As of 4:00 pm yesterday there had been no reported fatalities in the areas covered by the COE, nor in reports from the Traffic Operations Center of the National Police.

It was reported that in 20 cases injured accident victims were treated by agents of the National Police (PN) and the Unified Ambulance Emergency Sume (911).

As of 6:00 pm yesterday about 56,000 vehicles had traveled to the interior from Panama City to different areas to enjoy the festivities.

Hundreds of people had to endure great traffic congestion that began at the Bridge of the Americas to Loma Cová in Arraiján, causing discomfort of the people traveling to Las Tablas, Chitre, Santiago, and other areas of the country.

As a measure to counteract the traffic jam, the direction of traffic flow on the PanAmerican Highway was reversed from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, starting at the former toll station in La Chorrera to the entrance of La Valdesa .

In the carnival celebrations, 117 cars were removed with tow trucks for various reasons, such as driving while intoxicated, not having insurance, or driving without a license.

Some 328 official cars were inspected, and 27 failed to comply with the provisions of Executive Order No. 124 of 27 November 1996 , which regulates the proper use, management , monitoring and recording of these assets, as reported by the direction of Supervisors General of the Comptroller General of the Republic.

According to the Fire Department of Panama (CBP) there were 38 reports of grass fires along the Pan American Highway. (Siglo)

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More Than 55,000 Vehicles Have Left Panama City For Carnival

Traffic AccidentsAs of 8:00 am on Carnival Saturday, about 55,000 vehicles traveled into the interior of the country, because of the festivities of Carnival.

Early on, the vehicular traffic was congested throughout the track, especially the area of La Espiga in La Chorrera.

Starting at 10:00 am traffic control officers started a lane inversion to allow traffic to flow from Panama City towards the interior more freely, as had been announced by the Land Transportation and Transit Authority (ATTT), until 5:00 pm. (Telemetro)

Editor's Comment: Panama basically shuts down for Carnival, so there's really not much for news. Traffic accidents, how many cars have left the city, stuff like that. There are always reports about who died in accidents, drownings, and other similar problems.

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Fire truck overturns in San Carlos

Traffic AccidentsA fire truck went off the road and flipped over in the district of San Carlos this morning.

According to reports, the truck's steering got stuck and the firefighters went into the ditch to avoid causing further damage.

The two firemen who were aboard the vehicle were injured. One has blows to the body and the second has a broken arm.

Firefighters reported that the truck had undergone several repairs and had to be taken out of circulation.

Paramedics arrived to the area from the Fire Department of San Carlos and Sume 911 ambulance staff, to provide assistance. (Critica)

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The DIJ's Deputy Director's Son Was Involved In Traffic Accident In San Antonio

Traffic AccidentsA man was injured in San Antonio after he was hit by a car, and then this vehicle overturned. The vehicle, a Toyota Rav 4, collided with a truck and hit a man named Raúl Espinoza who was by the road together with his wife.

Mr. Espinoza, who received injuries on his head, was taken to a hospital.

The vehicle had beer cans and after he was tested with a Breathalyzer it was determined that he was drinking.

The driver is Alexis Ernesto Muñoz De León, a 19-year-old man, “son of the Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigations Department (DIJ),” Alexis Muñoz. (Estrella)

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Traffic Accident Reported In San Antonio

Traffic Accidents

Today, a traffic accident was reported where 2 vehicles collided, one of the vehicles overturned and ran over a pedestrian at Camino Real in San Antonio.

The agent said the person at fault of the three accidents is a 19 year old male who had no driver's license and also tested positive on a breathalyzer test.

As agents performed the breathalyzer test on drivers, paramedics were giving medical attention to the injured person, who was later on taken to a hospital.(TVN)

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Survivor Of Traffic Accident In Loma Cova Remains In Serious Condition

Traffic Accidents

The only survivor of the traffic accident in the area of ​​Loma Cova, district of Arraijan, where four people died, remains in serious condition at the Santo Tomas Hospital.

According to reports, the woman underwent surgery as a result of a broken hip and other areas of the body.

The victim was identified as Nelsi Díaz Ávila and works as a receptionist at a hotel in the capital city.(Mi Diario)

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Tragic Accident Caused Four Fatalities In Loma Cova

Traffic AccidentsFour victims died after a traffic accident reported in Loma Cová, Arraiján, towards the city.

A pick-up heading towards Panama West and a sedan heading towards the city had a head-on collision right by the detour.

There was heavy traffic after the accident, which is why the authorities recommended using the Centennial Bridge instead. They ask drivers to be patient, cautious, and be courteous.

The Transit Authority (ATTT) has been carrying out operations for detouring traffic to speed up transit around the area for eight months now because thousands of drivers from Panama West head towards the city at certain hours of the day. (Panama America)

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Truck Overturned At Via Centenario

Traffic Accidents

Today at 3am, A truck loaded with 20 tons of corn overturned at the via Centenario road heading towards Arraijan, specifically in the Rod Carew Hill.

Early reports indicate the driver of the articulated vehicle lost power while going up hill and the truck, carrying tons of grain, overturned.

The driver was not injured, but as result of this accident a collision between 2 vehicles was reported.(La Critica)

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Sand Truck Overtuned At The 3 De Noviembre Viaduct

Traffic Accidents

Today, the driver of a truck loaded with sand lost control and flipped over the 3 de Noviembre viaduct bridge, communicating with the Cinta Costera.

The situation caused fear among drivers and pedestrians, as much of the material fell on the main street below the viaduct.

According to a preliminary report from the Traffic Police, this articulated truck had an overload of material, causing the wagon to turn around.(La Critica)

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A Truck Crashed Against An Electricity Pole

Traffic AccidentsOn Thursday afternoon, a truck driver lost control of the vehicle while he was driving by the 12 de Octubre.

The truck knocked down a tree and crashed against an electricity pole.

The incident cause mild traffic in the area according to the drivers who were talking about the accident through Twitter. (TVN)

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Taxi Caused Traffic Accident In Colon

Traffic Accidents

Today, a taxi cab caused an accident at San Judas, province of Colon.

According to unofficial reports, the taxi was going in the opposite direction, one person got injured in this accident.

The Fire Department and the National Police showed up to the place to provide assistance.(La Critica)

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2 Dead And 5 Injured In Traffic Accident Reported In Cocle

Traffic Accidents

Today, 2 people died and 5 got injured after the vehicle they were in overturned in the province of Cocle.

According to reports, two cars collided and one of them overturned and then crashed into a wall.

The accident occurred at the Interamerican way.(La Critica)

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Collision Caused Major Traffic At The Tumba Muerto

Traffic AccidentsA collision was reported at Tuesday noon, between a truck and a taxi at the Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto), in front of the Santa Maria La Antigua University (USMA).

This traffic accident caused major traffic, all the way until the bridge by the Roosevelt in San Miguelito.

Drivers said they were very upset because they had to wait for over 40 minutes from San Miguelito until Tumba Muerto.

At approximately 2:50 p.m., both vehicles were still on the road. (TVN)

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Traffic Fatality Reported In Chilibre

Traffic Accidents

Today, a young woman, whose age ranged between 25 and 30 years old, died in a traffic accident reported in Chilibre, when she fell from a motorcycle and hit her head against the pavement.

According to reports, the victim was riding as a passenger in the motorcycle, and neither she nor the driver were wearing a helmet.

The driver of the motorcycle refused to go through the breathalyzer test, so he was taken to a medical center for attention and was subsequently arrested, he's currently under investigation.(La Critica)

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Five People Were Injured During A Traffic Accident In The 24 De Diciembre

Traffic AccidentsA taxi overturned on Monday at noon at the main road of the 24 de Diciembre.

According to the information received, the driver lost control and went off a cliff.

5 people were injured after the accident and they were taken to the Hospital Docente in the 24 de Diciembre. (TVN)

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A Man Was Run Over In Loma Campana

Traffic AccidentsOn Sunday morning, a man was run over in Loma Campana, towards the interior of the country, by a pick-up.

Units from the Transit Authority (ATTT) and the National Police (PN) went to the area to assist in this situation. (Telemetro)

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Several Collisions Were Reported After Cement Was Spilled On Via Tocumen

Traffic AccidentsDuring the morning, several motorcycle drivers were almost involved in an accident after a premix concrete truck spilled cement on the road and caused several collisions in Via Tocumen, near Brisas del Golf.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. traffic was stopped for more than an hour while the roads in the area were being cleaned.

Drivers were very upset due to the irresponsibility of heavy equipment drivers who drive around at night. (TVN)

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Truck Overturned Near The Centennial Bridge

Traffic Accidents

Today, an articulated truck overturned near the Miraflores Locks bound for the Centennial Bridge.

There were no casualties reported in this accident.

Drivers are being advised to take alternate routes, as a large traffic congestion is registered in the area.(La Critica)

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Truck Overturned At Ring Road In Los Santos

Traffic Accidents

Today at about 9am, a truck overturned at the ring road from Guararé to Las Tablas, in the province of Los Santos.

The accident occurred when the driver of the vehicle tried to avoid hitting a dog.

Carlos Ruiz, one of the victims, said they were traveling to Guararé to distribute merchandise from the Tzanetatos company.

The truck remained in the place for about an hour, no casualties nor injuries were reported.(La Critica)

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Car Collided With 2 Other Vehicles And Ran Over A Lady In Via Tocumen

Traffic Accidents

Today, a car accident was reported where the vehicle brakes failed to work, went over a fence, hit 2 vehicles and ran over a lady who was passing by the sidewalk in Via Tocumen.

It was reported the lady was slightly injured and was immediately taken to a nearby medical center.

After the accident some pedestrians expressed concern about the situation, and asked for more surveillance from the authorities.

A witness said the car could have rolled over all of the people who were at the bus stop, but fortunately it didn't happen.(TVN)

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A Child Died And Other Six Were Injured After Traffic Accident

Traffic AccidentsA three-year-old child died and six people were injured after a traffic accident in La Mesa in San Martín, Panama East, during the morning.

The first preliminary reports state the driver of the pick-up crashed against an electric pole while he was speeding on a curve.

The family was going to spend the day at a river during holidays.

On the other hand, the Traffic Police, through their radio station, reported another vehicle crashed against an electric pole and overturned at the Centennial Bridge road. Five people were injured in this accident.

They are investigating the cause of both accidents. (Critica)

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The North Corridor Was Cleared Few Hours After A Truck Flipped Over In The Area

Traffic AccidentsA tanker truck flipped over this morning at the North Corridor.

The truck was carrying airplane fuel.

The accident caused major traffic, which is why the road towards the city closet o Tinajitas was closed.

The firemen arrived at the scene to remove the truck, and while they were working on removing it from the road the traffic was being diverted. (Telemetro)

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A Woman Was Hit By A Car In Colon

Traffic AccidentsA 62-year-old woman was hit by a car in Villa de Caribe, Colon.

The victim was assisted by staff from the 911 emergency service and taken to the Manuel Amador Guerrero hospital.

This was informed by the SUME 911 through their Twitter account. (Critica)

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Traffic Fatality Reported In Colon

Traffic Accidents

Yesterday night, a 25 year old woman, who was a passenger on board of a motorcycle, died after falling in the middle of a traffic accident in the area of Nueva Providencia, province of Colon.

According to unofficial data, the motorcycle collided with a taxi cab and the lady fell and instantly died.

It was reported the people on board of the motorcycle were couriers, The Traffic Police is currently investigating the occurrence.(La Critica)

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Pirate Bus Overturned At Loma Coba

Traffic Accidents

Today in the afternoon, a pirate bus overturned on the road leading to the area of ​​Panama West, by the sector of Loma Coba.

It is presumed the cause of the accident was the humidity and wetness of the road, caused by rains in the city and part of the western region of the country.

The transit authorities and an ambulance went to the scene in order to provide medical attention to the injured.(Mi Diario)

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Articulated Truck Carrying Milk And Juice Overturned In Aguadulce

Traffic Accidents

Today at about 2am, an articulated truck loaded with milk and juice overturned on the bridge over the river El Estero in Aguadulce.

Twelve hours passed before a tow truck could arrive to the place, apparently the truck overturned because a tire exploded.

The residents of the area took the chance to take some milk and juice tetra pak containers with them.

The driver, Franklin Quintero, was not injured, but the police arrived to the place later on, in order to take care of the merchandise while it was being transferred into another company truck.(Dia a Dia)

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Dump Truck Overturned In La Chorrera

Traffic Accidents

Today, a dump truck loaded with gravel overturned on the Interamerican Highway, at El Espino in La Chorrera, after a tire went out and the driver lost control of the truck.

A sedan vehicle was also involved in the accident, as it was hit by the truck when it overturned.

Units of the Fire Department of Panama arrived to the place and proceeded to inspect the area to prevent others from being affected by the material the truck was carrying.(TVN)

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Persecution Ends With A Major Collision At The Coastal Beltway

Traffic AccidentsA suspicious vehicle that was being followed by units of the National Police fled, together with another subject in the vehicle, after the Police ordered him to stop. During the persecution, which started in the 5 de Mayo, the driver lost control and crashed three vehicles in the Coastal Beltway.

When he was approached by the units of the Institutional Protection Service (SPI), the subject said he was an agent from the Police; however, he didn’t have a badge with him. (Telemetro)

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