Driver’s arrest follows fatal wreck of bus

Hours after a bus transporting workers flipped off the road Wednesday in a deadly wreck, the driver of the vehicle was detained by judicial police.

Following the crash the driver fled from the scene, apparently because he feared retaliation from the other passengers in the bus after the accident, the Judicial Investigating Organization reported. The accident occurred Wednesday at 5 a.m. when the driver, who was taking the workers to jobs at a sugar plant in Guanacaste, lost control of the vehicle. The 70 or so passengers were headed to Belen de Carrillo.

One man, 33 years old and a Nicaraguan national identified by the last name Ortega, apparently died on the scene of the crash. According to the Cruz Roja four other passengers were transported to the Hospital de Liberia in delicate condition. One of those patients, who had the last name of Mena, died on the way, police report. The driver was detained with several injuries due to the crash as well.

The Consejo de Transporte Público said later in the day that the bus operated by Transportes Analimauri S.A. Did not have legal permission to carry the workers. The agency identified the workplace as the CATSA firm, which stands for Central Azucarera Tempisque, S.A. The main offices are in Liberia.

Questions have been raised about the legality of the transport operation.

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