An American cruise passenger died during an excursion in Belize this week after a delivery truck collided with a blue SUV on the George Price Highway.
Two cruise passengers were headed to Jaguar Paw for a day tour with Big John Taxi and Tour Company when a truck carrying oranges rear-ended the SUV that they were traveling in. Teresa Lyn Mueres, the passenger sitting in the back seat, was killed in the accident and the 2nd (Samuel Shulte) was treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Witnesses at the scene told Channel 5 in Belize that it took close to an hour for an ambulance to arrive. All four that survived the accident, including the two drivers, were taken to a hospital and all are expected to live.
The accident sent oranges from the 18 wheeler everywhere and the highway had to be power washed to prevent a second accident.
The driver of the truck, Miguel Arriaza, gave the following statement to Channel 5:
“I was driving, coming loaded already from the farm and I see once the vehicle overtake me and we were in the road. Suddenly, I had a good distance from the vehicle and the vehicle just brakes and didn’t put signal light; nothing and I’m loaded, it wasn’t easy to stop a truck like that. Well…and everything occurred. We are safe. I just got informed that the woman just died.”
Arriaza said that the SUV was parked on the side of the road and he blew his horn for them to move because another vehicle was coming. He said that he was unable to stop, ramming into the SUV.
Samuel Shulte was later taken to a private hospital in Belize City and his documents were sent to the U.S. Embassy.
The cruise ship that Mueres and Shulte were passengers on has not been released to the public. There were several ships that stopped in Belize on the day of the accident.
Cruise Fever sends our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Teresa Lun Mueres.
My family was on the same cruise ship with Teresa and our van passed the accident scene in rural Belize less than an hour after the accident occurred. Although we did not personally meet Teresa, we were all very saddened to hear of her passing. From my limited experience, the roads in Belize are not nearly as safe (or as well constructed) as the roads I am used to in the United States. If I return to Belize in the future, I will not hire a driver without a good reference.
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