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Tourists crossing highway under pedestrian bridge struck

Tulum, Q.R. — Two tourists were hit by a taxi Tuesday as they attempted to cross the federal highway near the town of Akumal.

The two visitors, who were reportedly staying at a hotel in Akumal, were crossing the federal highway under the Akumal pedestrian bridge when they were stuck. The accident was reported at 10:40 a.m. when police from the Municipal Delegation of Akumal received the emergency call.

When they arrived, they found two elderly people laying along the highway. The man, identified only as a 70-year-old German tourist, was pronounced at the scene. The woman sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital in Playa del Carmen.

Witnesses interviewed at the scene said the couple tried to cross the highway. As they were doing so, they were hit by an oncoming taxi. The pair were struck by a Solidaridad Lázaro Cárdenas del Río taxi driven by 28-year-old José del CB P of Valladolid, Yucatán.

The taxi driver was arrested and taken to the Office of the Prosecutor.