Puerto Rico Rep. Carlos Vargas Ferrer critically injured in car accident

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Puerto Rico lawmaker Carlos Vargas Ferrer has been critically injured after his car struck a newspaper vendor and crashed into a light pole.

The accident happened on Monday morning in the departure lanes of Express #18 to Express #17, at the height of Av. Jesús Toribio Piñero in San Juan. Ferrer’s vehicle struck a newspaper vendor before crashing into a light pole, Puerto Rico police said.

Ferrer was rushed to a hospital where he is in a critical condition. The newspaper vendor was initially also reported to be in a critical condition, but his condition was later upgraded to stable.

Other details about the accident were not immediately available.

Jaime Perelló, the Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, went to the hospital and offered Ferrer’s family any necessary assistance.

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