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Driver flees after 8 injured in Puerto Morelos highway accident

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A two vehicle accident along the Puerto Morelos highway has left eight people injured and one driver missing.

The accident occurred around 4:00 p.m. on the Puerto Morelos-Playa del Carmen highway at the height of Villas Morelos II after two vehicles, which had left Puerto Morelos, were headed toward Playa del Carmen.

Witness reports say that the white van crashed into the back of a blue dodge minivan. The impact from the van pushed the minivan into a concrete pillar, trapping its occupants. Witnesses called emergency services.

Police and ambulances arrived along with firemen who were able to free the trapped passengers. In total, eight people were taken to hospital with varying injuries.

After hitting the blue minivan, the driver of the white van took off on foot. Police combed the area including roadside bush, but were unable to find him.