Heavy afternoon thunderstorms cause traffic chaos

Heavy rains lashed the Central Valley again Thursday, and the same conditions are expected for today.

The Policía de Tránsito reported emergencies in San José and Heredia. The most spectacular was a bus bound from the capital to Heredia that went out of control while making a turn.

The Tuasa company bus was prevented from rolling down a steep ravine by concrete posts along the road.

The bus swerved and then rolled onto its side. The crash was caught by a municipal surveillance camera and made all the evening

news shows. More than 30 persons were on the bus and two were admitted to the Hospital de Heredia.

Heredia was where some streets ran like rivers, and 10 houses were flooded.  A car-bus mishap on the Autopista Florencio del Castillo in Ochomogo was not serious but jammed traffic for miles at the peak of rush hour. It was one of at least 60 such mishaps during the late afternoon rain.

In La Uruca, police closed the Juan Pablo Segundo bridge because the span was deemed unstable because rebuilding work is going on there. The access to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería also was flooded and blocked.

Heredia-bound bus nearly slid off the highway into a deep ravine.

Heredia-bound bus nearly slid off the highway into a deep ravine.

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