A 21-year-old boy died on Thursday. after colliding at 200 kilometers per hour with his car against one of the structures of a toll booth on the route that connects Osorno with Puerto Montt, in central-southern Chile.
The fatal victim was identified 24 hours after the episode and, according to local media reports, it was Julio Urrea Díaz, who was studying Automation and Robotics and lived with his mother.
According to the first tests, Urrea Díaz was driving at 200 kilometers per hour, “a speed considered unreasonable or prudent” for the Traffic Accident Investigation Section of the Trans-Andean country.
However, police authorities explained that due to the scale of the impact “It is impossible, without the technical details being investigated, to know how fast it was transported”.
The aforementioned “magnitude of impact” was captured on security cameras at the Purranque toll plaza, showing how the Ford Territory approached between the lanes of Route 5 South and collided head-on into the structure separating the roads that Go to one or the other stand.
During the collision, the car was engulfed in flames and one of its parts hit the camera, causing the image to be lost for a few seconds.
“We witnessed what we call a high energy incident, with a burning vehicle, which by the time we arrived the fire had already been put out by the people from the dealership company. The victim’s body was outside the destroyed piece of furniture and we were concentrating on containing a combustible spill that was generated,” said Sebastián Pinda, captain of the Purranque fire rescue unit, as reproduced by the Emol news site.
Witnesses have assured in statements to various media that the car’s engine moved about 70 meters from the site of the collision which occurred at exactly 9:53 in the morning.
“He was a quiet kid, studied with one of my sons in both elementary and middle school and was now in high school. We were surprised because I’ve known him since I was little, he’s a year older than my son. The news shocked me a lot because I can’t believe it. I send all my condolences to his mother and family,” Lorena Medina, a neighbor in the area, told the press.
The distance between Osorno and Puerto Montt is 106 kilometers along this route and the journey is estimated to take between one and a half and two hours.
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