Various INCOFER routes suspended after two trains collide head on

October 31, 2017

The Costa Rican Railroad Institute (INCOFER) announced in the wee hours of Tuesday morning that all train service between Heredia, Alajuela and San José is cancelled today due to last night’s head-on collision between two trains on the Heredia line.

Teletica (Channel 7) TV News reported that approximately 100 passengers were hospitalized for their injuries. Nearly 400 people were traveling on the two trains, which collided in Santa Rosa de Santo Domingo de Heredia, north of San José, at 6:02 pm.

The Tren Urbano, which crosses San José from west to east and connects the capital with Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago, is generally jam-packed at rush hour, with people standing in the aisles or even standing on the entry stairs. This results in a multiplying effect when collisions take place, since passengers who might otherwise have been unhurt sustain injuries when they fall into each other.

This is the third collision between INCOFER trains in the past 18 months. One took place on April 18, 2016, in southern Sabana, with 106 injured passengers; another took place Oct. 2 of this year in Pavas, with seven injuries.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in Osa
Changemakers
277 views
Changemakers
277 views

Lifeguards call for help in Costa Rica: support their work in Osa

Perry Gladstone - October 20, 2018

Over the last four years, the Lifeguards of Costa Ballena have performed 240 in-water rescues, administered first aid 100 times…

Costa Rica Rocks: An evening of progressive metal at Jazz Café
Arts and Culture
167 views
Arts and Culture
167 views

Costa Rica Rocks: An evening of progressive metal at Jazz Café

Eduardo Doryan - October 20, 2018

So there I was, at the fabled Melico Salazar Theater, about to experience the pleasure of seeing the Costa Rican…

PeaceJam to host first Youth Summit in Costa Rica
Peace Talks
688 views
Peace Talks
688 views

PeaceJam to host first Youth Summit in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 19, 2018

Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams will headline the first PeaceJam Youth Summit in Costa Rica next month. The event, scheduled…