Two People Die in Landslide on Limón Highway

October 16, 2010

A man and his one-year-old daughter are dead after their car was struck by a large boulder on Route 32, which joins San José with the Atlantic port of Limón, on Friday. The man’s wife was transferred to the hospital with serious injuries. 

According to transportation authorities, the accident occurred at Kilometer 26, which hasn’t been an area of concern until now. Officials have been monitoring Kilometer 27.

The boulder broke loose from a spot on the hillside some 35 meters (115 feet) above the road, according to authorities. It was raining heavily in the area at the time. Family members of Hernan Bustamante, 24, told the local press that the couple and their daughter were headed for the rural village of Siquirres to spend the weekend.
The survivor Suelen Tatiana Mora will be released from the hospital Sunday to attend the funeral of her husband and daughter.

“In light of this situation and the vulnerability of this and other national roads, the Transportation Ministry asks that drivers travel with caution, especially in the presence of strong rains,” read a statement released by the industry following the incident.

The highway was closed immediately following the incident.  

–EFE contributed to this report.

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