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A rollover accident on Calle 51 is the worst crash in recent years, a neighbor says. Photo: Desde el Balcón

Mérida, Yucatán — Ten people were injured and three were hospitalized when an Urvan combi overturned after being hit by a sedan in the Santa Lucia area of the Centro.

The collision occurred at Calle 51 and 58, a neighborhood that appears prone to car and bus crashes.

“The worse accident we ever had on our street,” a neighbor said, posting on social media. “Many of (these) accidents happen because people turn left when the light is red. The cars on the right have green. There is no visibility and the accidents happen.”

Ambulances, police and fire vehicles crowded the scene, attracting a crowd that expressed surprise that the crash resulted in no fatalities.

The driver of the FUTV-owned van sped to beat the yellow light at the intersection, witnesses said. A Nissan supermini-sedan then struck the Urvan’s left side, causing it to lose stability and turn over after striking two parked cars on Calle 51.

Both drivers told police they had the right of way.

Many passengers walked away on their own, although apparently bruised, witnesses said.

The driver of the car sustained scrapes on her face from the impact of her airbag. She was treated at a hospital at the insistence of her insurance agent.

The case will be turned over to the state Attorney General’s office where the parties will be told to reach a settlement.

“Speed bumps would help to slow the traffic like they do around the schools, hotels and busy residential areas like Chuburná, but I guess it will take a death or two to get any attention to solve the issue,” said an expat from the U.S. who lives around the corner from the accident.

Sources: Diario de Yucatán, Desde el Balcón

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