Sunday 26 September 2021

Truck without brakes causes triple crash kills four

The truck traveled about a kilometer uncontrollably, dragging an SUV that came to a stop hitting a beer delivery truck.

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QCOSTARICA – A truck loaded with wood, lost its braking power, rolled down a slope for almost a kilometer, dragging in its path an SUV, and coming to a stop when it hit a beer truck, this Friday morning, killing four people.

The early morning crash left four people dead. Photo by Keyna Calderón

The crash occurred at 6:02 am at a crossroads on the south side of the Catholic church in the district of Cervantes, in the canton of Alvarado, in Cartago province.

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Apparently, the heavy vehicle lost its brakes when it was descending a secondary road that connects the Presidio de Pacayas with Cervantes. Witnesses said it traveled about a kilometer uncontrollably.

Upon reaching the southern side of the Catholic church, where the junction with National Highway 10, which connects Cartago with Turrialba, it dragged a Hyundai Galloper SUV and then collided with a beer delivery truck.

The crash occurred at 6:02 am Friday

Such was the speed of the truck with wood that despite the impact, it crossed both directions of the road and destroyed two commercial premises, a lottery sales and another next one in which they were going to install a greengrocer.

José Mauricio Mendoza Rizo, from the Cartago Red Cross, said that when they arrived at the scene, a preliminary review of the rubble was made and five people were counted.

However, he explained that minutes later, they determined that there were four deceased, three men and one woman.

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This is the SUV in which Miguel Araya Paniagua, 65, was traveling. Photo: Keyna Calderón

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) identified the beer delivery truck driver as 33-year-old Luis Diego Godínez Badilla, a native of San Juan de Dios de Desamparados. In this same vehicle, Brandon Castro Barrantes, 20, was traveling as a companion, who was injured and taken to the hospital.

Also deceased was Miguel Francisco Araya Paniagua, 65, a resident of Bajo Cervantes who was dedicated to the distribution of bread. He was driving the Galloper vehicle; José Delfino Cubillo Castrillo, 60 and a redint of Estrada de Hojancha de Guanacaste, owner of the truck, accompanied by Leidy Yahaira Valencia Serrano, 37, a native of Matina de Limón and mother of two children.


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