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Concrete lid that gave way on Playa del Carmen pedestrian avenue replaced

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A concrete lid that that broke under the weight of a pedestrian along Fifth Avenue has been replaced. The double-sized concrete lid was replaced by a proper cover Saturday.

Personnel of the CFE replaced the lid themselves after an incident that left a Playa del Carmen tourist trapped on Fifth Avenue. Earlier in the day, a tourist from Chile was walking the Fifth Avenue shopping area when she stepped on a concrete CFE lid that broke under her step.

He left leg went down into the CFE box, leaving her trapped. Police and firemen were called who, using tools, were able to free her leg from the jagged concrete lid. Later that same day, the entire lid was replaced.

CFE personnel install two new street covers after a tourist fell through a thinner cast lid. Photo: SPC December 2, 2023.

The SPC (Secretaría de Protección Civil, Prevención de Riesgos y Bomberos de Solidaridad) said “firefighters responded to an accident involving a person who was injured when she fell into a light register on 5th Avenue.

“The CFE company, with the support of operational elements, changed the cover to prevent another accident.”

The woman received only minor injuries in the incident.

CFE personnel are seen installing a thicker concrete lid along the busy pedestrian walkway. Photo: SPC December 2, 2023.

The lid that broke was part of the remodeling project done by the previous administration. Last week, private businesses along sections of the remodeled Fifth Avenue had begun corrective work of their own due to the deterioration of the three-year-old project.

It is not known if the CFE lid that broke was cast by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) or the company that remodeled Fifth Avenue.