At least nine persons die on nation’s highway over weekend

A least nine persons died in weekend vehicle accidents, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization. In San Ramón a family from Grecia burned to death when their vehicle inexplicably burst in to flames and exploded. The family was traveling from a weekend in La Fortuna. Firemen suspect that something in the car ignited the gasoline tank. The explosion took place about 6 p.m. Sunday.

At 5:30 a.m. Sunday a Nissan Sentra carrying four people collided with a bus heading from San José to Puntarenas. The bus had 52 people on board when the driver of the car presumably lost control while navigating a curve on Ruta 27 at kilometer 37 and collided head on with the bus. The driver of the car, who had the last name of Ramírez died. He was 22. The other occupants of the car, all between the ages of 20 and 21, were sent to medical centers in stable conditions. No one on the bus was injured. While a 51-year-old man was attempting to cross the street Saturday in Rincón de Arias, he was struck by an ambulance transporting two patients from a hospital in Grecia to a hospital in Alajuela. The victim, identified by the last name Rivera was taken to a hospital himself but died shortly thereafter.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday two motorcyclists collided head on while driving in La Guácima Arriba. One of the drivers, 46, identified by the last name Porras, died as a result of the collision. The other driver, 29, identified by the last name Araya was brought to hospital San Rafael in Alajuela.

Two men died in Alta Fresca in Puntarenas when the driver lost control of the Toyota Hilux pickup truck in which they were driving left the roadway, struck a public light post and flipped.

The accident took place at 2 a.m. and both men died at the scene. They were construction workers, identified by the last names Madrigal and Mayorga.

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