Freezing weather claims 29 lives on roads
30 January 2006, MADRID – Communities throughout Spain were on Monday still trying to recover from a weekend of snow and rain which left drivers stranded, caused a number of serious accidents and left villages cut off.
30 January 2006
MADRID – Communities throughout Spain were on Monday still trying to recover from a weekend of snow and rain which left drivers stranded, caused a number of serious accidents and left villages cut off.
A total of 29 people died on Spain's roads at the weekend as snowfall made many roads unusable or extremely hazardous.
The most serious accident involved a bus which crashed on the A-31, five kilometres from Villena tunnel in Alicante, killing five women and injuring 37 others. The bus had been hired by the Association of Widows of Alcantarilla in Murcia who were headed to the tourist resort Marina D'Or.
Town halls in a number of communities had to find temporary accommodation for drivers who were unable to make it home due to dangerous conditions or closed roads. A total of 800 people were temporarily housed in Badajoz.
The Red Cross handed out blankets, biscuits and milk to hundreds of other drivers who had to spend Sunday night in their cars.
On Monday afternoon, the general traffic management, the DGT, said Andalucía, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalunya, and the Balearic Islands have all been warned to expect more snow. Heavy rain was also forecast for Catalunya and Andalucía.
It said 13 secondary roads were still closed, as well as two main roads. Chains are still compulsory on around nine others.
On Monday, Iberdrola announced 400 families in Vizcaya were still without electricity, although it had managed to restore power to more than 45,500 homes which had been left without lights on Saturday due to the cold conditions.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news