Tragedy for some marks holiday start

Anyone leaving town for the western beaches last weekend faced bumper-to-bumper traffic into the last hours of the evening.

Traffic was snarled from Parque La Sabana to well past the exit to Grecia on the Interamericana Norte. There were some accidents but the damage was minimal considering the speed of the traffic.

But there were serious crashes elsewhere beginning late Thursday.

The Cruz Roja said Sunday afternoon that 10 persons had died in violent deaths over the weekend and that 14 were hospitalized.

The rescue agency counted five deaths in traffic accidents and 10 persons hospitalized as a result of such crashes.

The Cruz Roja said that a man died when a vehicle rolled over in La Cruz, Guanacaste, Sunday morning. In Bagaces at 7:55 a.m. a crash left one person with multiple injuries, the agency said.

In Limón about 9:30 a.m. Sunday an individual was hit by a vehicle, the Cruz Roja reported.

Friday two men died in a head-on collision on the Circunvalacion between Paso Anchoo and San Sebastián. The 5 a.m. crash took place when a driver appeared to lose control and his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a bus, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The Judicial Investigating Organization also reported Friday that a man had been struck and killed by a vehicle in Orotina Thursday evening.

A crash Friday night in Belén de Carrillo cost the life of a 52-year-old driver. Three persons in the other vehicle were injured, and one died later at the Hospital de Liberia, said judicial investigators.

About 2:30 a.m. Saturday a driver on the Caldera highway in San Rafael de Escazú misjudged the location of a stationary flatbed tow truck, and the passenger side of the vehicle collided with the rear of the truck. A 21-year-old passenger died.

Also Saturday morning about 4 a.m. a motorcycle collided with the rear of a small van on Avenida 5 in downtown San José.  The 28-year-old driver died and a passenger was hospitalized.

The Cruz Roja also reported one water death. That was at Caldera when two men were caught by a wave. One was rescued.

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