Giant Pothole Swallows Taxi

March 3, 2006

The nightmare of every driver on Costa Rican roads became Alvaro Montiel’s reality Monday, when the taxi he was driving plunged into a pothole so deep it enveloped the vehicle.

Montiel, who was traveling alone along a road near Nicoya, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, suffered only minor injuries, making it unnecessary to transfer him to a hospital, the daily La Nación reported.

However, his car, a four-wheel-drive Isuzu Trooper, was stuck on its side in the two-meter deep and three-meter wide pothole, and had to be lifted out with a crane.

The incident took place at 3:30 p.m. when the glare of the sunlight prevented the cab driver from seeing the hole until it was too late, he told La Nación.

No road signs warn drivers of the danger of the giant pothole.

 

You may be interested

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets
Central America
815 views
Central America
815 views

Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets

Noe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017

Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada
Please Send Coffee!
1888 views
Please Send Coffee!
1888 views

Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, Canada

Gustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017

My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico
Weather
1429 views
Weather
1429 views

Response to disaster: aid successes, struggles in post-Maria Puerto Rico

John McPhaul - December 13, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the horrendous 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…