With only days to go before the end of the year, the record of no fatalities for this year was not possible with the death of a motorcyclist who collided with the train last week.
According to Miguel Carabaguíaz, president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer), up to October eight people (that were not passengers) suffered injury, including an amputation, in some 50 accidents (one a week) with the train. However, the man who collided with the train on the 17th of this month was the first fatality for the year.
Passengers on the train suffering injury are covered by an insurance policy. Carabaguíaz explained that the railway cannot be held responsible for those who walk along the train tracks or are responsible for a collision with the train. The railway chief said that if the train is responsible for the accident, the state insurer, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), carries coverage.