Irish Activist Dies After Taxi Falls Off 2300ft Cliff

Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

Video Credit: CEN/@bomberos.huehuetenango

This is the Irish human rights activist who died after the taxi she was travelling in fell off a 2,300-foot cliff.

Pictures show Sally O’Neil, 68, an Irish national who lived in Honduras, who was one of four victims after a taxi fell off a cliff on the side of the Pan-American Highway in between the village of La Mesilla and the city of Huehuetenango in the Huehuetenango department of Guatemala.

Footage shows rescuers pulling a body on a stretcher to the top of the cliff at night as 20 crew members worked for several hours to rescue the bodies which were then sent to the Forensic Institute.

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Picture Credits: CEN & CEN/Facebook & CEN/@bomberos.huehuetenango

O’Neil was travelling in the taxi with fellow activists Ana Velazquez Ordonez, 22, from the Huehuetenango department, and Mexican national Ana Paula Hernandez, 42, along with the driver Daniel Tuc Yool, who all died in the crash.

The local authorities confirmed the taxi had fallen off a 700-metre (2,297-foot) cliff in wet conditions.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation but the authorities stated the weather conditions and the condition of the road could have been to blame.

O’Neil was in charge of the Global Fund for Human Rights in Honduras and had been in Huehuetenango to follow a human rights case being carried out in the department, according to Francisco Mateo Morales, member of the Council of Occidental Towns.

Ana Paula Hernandez was the head of the Global Fund for Human Rights in Latin America while Velazquez Ordonez was a member of the Council of Occidental Towns.

The Mexican embassy reported that they have communicated with Hernandez’s family and her body will be returned to the country soon.

It is unclear if the Irish embassy have communicated with O’Neil’s family.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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