"I Heard Something Snap And Then My Leg Was Shattered"
“I am devastated” were the words of Dunia Suárez describing the freak accident Thursday morning when the bus she was riding in came to a screeching halt, but not before the vehicle’s drive shaft came loose and through the floor of the bus injuring Suárez and several other passengers.
The freak accident that did not involve any other vehicles, occurred just before the Tiribí river bridge east of the Escazú exit on the autopista Fernando Prospero (San José – Caldera).
The tire marks of the San José – Escazú is all that remain today, while Suárez is at the Hospital México recovering from surgery to her leg. The other passengers suffered only light injuries and were home after being attended by ambulance personnel.
“All I heard was a thundering sound below the bus and the driver putting on the brakes. The ‘bar’ exploded, ripped through my shoes and pants. It all happened so fast”, said the 27 year old Nicaraguan woman.
The bus is owned by Tapachula that provides regular service between San José, Escazú and Santa Ana.
The Consejo Nacional de Transporte Público confirms that that particular unit went through the Riteve inspection on Monday and the company said the bus was in the shop the week earlier for an inspection by mechanics.
Unofficially, it appears that the vehicle’s drive shaft came loose and was pushed through the floor of the vehicle while moving.
According to the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) – regulator of public prices and services – at least 10% of all buses circulating in Costa Rica are 15 years and older.