Tragedy on the Roads over Bank Holiday
Staff Reporter / 2007-08-20 16:39:48
The bank holiday to celebrate the Assumption was a black day for traffic accidents in Spain. The usual high number of collisions in August was worse than ever. 17 people died in 13 accidents on the fiesta day last Wednesday 15th August, according to the Direccií³n General de Trafico and the Costa Blanca was one of the worst hit areas.
Two English people died after a head on collision in Fuente Alamo. The accident happened on the E15 near Las Palas when one of the vehicles invaded the wrong lane.
The other vehicle was being driven by a Romanian, who also died. The accident happened at 22.00hrs. It appears that the Citrí¶en ZX, a right hand drive, slightly crossed over into the wrong lane on the bend in the road. Steven H the driver was just 26, his passenger Michelle B, 21, was still alive when the emergency services arrived, but died two hours later, despite all their efforts to save her. The Romanian, Mihai D S was 34 years-old. His van was completely destroyed.
In Santiago de la Ribera a motorcyclist crashed in Calle Montesinos. He was wearing a helmet but it came off in the impact and he is in a serious condition after being airlifted to the Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia.
A six year-old German boy died in a multiple collision in Elche. His parents and Grandfather are recovering with serious injuries. Also a motor bike rider died in an accident on the CV90 in Orihuela.
The increased numbers of vehicles on the roads, the heat making people sleepy, hurrying to get somewhere quickly; all are factors which make the roads more dangerous. The 'Leader' urges everyone to take care and remember, it's better to arrive late than not at all.