A tourist bus caught on fire but none of the 52 passengers were injured. It happened on route 32 in a restaurant parking lot while the group was eating breakfast in the restaurant.
This happened yesterday morning about 150 meters before the crossing to Rio Frio de Sarapiquí. The tour bus was headed to thermal springs in San Carlos.
It is not immediately clear what caused the fire but it is believed to have been an engine failure. The driver heard a detonation similar to a tire exploding and then saw smoke from the engine and a spreading fire.
The bus was completely consumed by flames but they were put out with two fire extinguishers. The bus has been declared a total loss.
During Holy Week, a fire emergency was attended to on average every 9 hours. The population is urged to strengthen preventive actions to avoid further emergencies.