A new accident occurred on the Merida-Cancun highway when a passenger bus from the ADO company collided with a cargo van on the same road.
According to the initial report, the accident took place around midnight, and there were two seriously injured people. Paramedics who treated the wounded explained that the bus collided with a Nissan van used to buy scrap metal in the villages around this area.
The truck was traveling on the Merida-Cancun route, and when it reached kilometer 38, the ADO bus with number 12346 collided at high speed against the truck, which was severely damaged by the impact. Its occupants were also severely injured. No injuries were reported from the passenger bus; all were taken to another unit to finish their journey.
The passenger bus driver said that the van was traveling without headlights and under the allowed speed, so the impact was inevitable.
The roads of Quintana Roo and Yucatan have seen an increase in traffic accidents due to the construction works of the Mayan train, although signs abound warning drivers.
In February, an ADO bus suffered a massive accident on the same road that left eight people dead (three foreigners and five Mexican Nationals) and more than 15 injured.
Easter Vacation will see an Increase in Demand for ADO
The ADO Cancun Bus Terminal is ready to meet the demand of travelers that are expected from this coming Easter holiday period, informed Elpidio Valencia Palomares, Commercial Manager of ADO Cancun.
He added that they are predicting that the epidemiological traffic light will continue to be a green color for most of the country’s southeastern states, which is where the most significant demand for travelers is generated. They expect to exceed the numbers achieved in 2019, during this season, where they mobilized more than 5,500 passengers per day. However, this figure is currently 20% below that year due to the impact generated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have not yet achieved the same numbers we had before the pandemic; we are still 20% below in some markets. But in general terms, we can say that this 2022 there is a recovery trend, so we are positive this Easter Holiday will see an important demand, which is expected from destinations historically known for its high demand”.
The main destinations where the greatest demand is expected include routes that cover the country’s center. From Mexico City, to other strategic states such as Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, and the smaller markets are Merida, Valladolid, and its surrounding communities, as well as Bacalar, Chetumal, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen.
“We are already preparing for it. We are preparing the entire vehicle fleet and drivers to be able to make extra runs, and some are already scheduled; others we’re waiting to measure the demand. And to jump-start the services, we continue to offer travelers the option to purchase their trips ahead of time to obtain greater benefits and substantial discounts”.
Additional Public Transportation Units to Cover Tourists During Easter
In order to cover the increase in tourists, public transport activated 320 units to cover the different transport routes and thus guarantee mobility. Santiago Carillo, director of Autocar, mentioned that they are already circulating, and they will continue to cover the hotel zone for Easter and the entire city on its 26 routes.
He mentioned that Nichupté, Route 5, Tulum, and Hotel Zone would be reinforced during this Easter holiday season. He recalled that the use of masks in the units is still mandatory. They ask the population to use them and continue taking the necessary health measures to stay safe.
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