Another landslide on the Braulio Carrillo highway swept at least one vehicle off the shelf road and into the jungle below. The mishap took place about 6:30 p.m. between kilometers 27 and 35 of the troubled highway, Ruta 32.
This is the main highway from San José to Limón, and it has been the scene of multiple closures because of slides. The road was expected to remain closed at least through this morning. The alternate route is through Turrialba.
Rainfall in San José was not particularly heavy over the weekend. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional measured 25.5 millimeters, about an inch,
since 7 a.m. Saturday. But rainfall in the mountains usually is heavier.
The Cruz Roja responded to the slide scene and emergency workers descended on ropes and pulled the driver from at least one car that has been shoved off the road. He was not believed to be injured seriously. There were reports that at least two vehicles had been pushed over the 100-meter precipice, so emergency workers still were on the scene late Sunday. They probably will resume the search at daylight today.
Friday and Saturday saw the heaviest rain around Costa Rica. However, nothing has risen to the level of an emergency declared by the national commission.
The Braulio Carrillo has another problem. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that workmen were at the bridge over the Río Sucio Saturday and Sunday because the span required urgent attention. The highway agency is putting 427 million colons into repair work on the bridge. That’s about $854,000.
The bridge is at Kilometer 39, just north of the slide scene. Bridge traffic had been reduced to one lane, officials said. That was before the slide.
Update: The nation’s road agency said today that Ruta 32 was reopened about 7 a.m. After crews cleared some 400 cubic meters of debris that fell across the road. However the agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, issued a warning about using the road because of the wet conditions that contribute to slides. It urged motorists to avoid the route during the nights.