Spain braces for traditional Easter road death toll
7 April 2004, MADRID – Traditional traffic problems were already building up Wednesday as many Spaniards left for the Easter holidays. This is the busiest weekend on the roads with 17 million journeys made across the country.
7 April 2004
MADRID – Traditional traffic problems were already building up Wednesday as many Spaniards left for the Easter holidays.
This is the busiest weekend on the roads with 17 million journeys made across the country.
The World Health Organisation highlighted the danger of traffic accidents on World Health Day Wednesday.
But 35 people have lost their lives on Spanish roads since Friday.
A German lorry driver was killed when his truck smashed into a pillar after coming off the road early Wednesday.
The accident happened just after 10am near Capmany, close to Girona, in north-east Spain. The 45-year-old was killed instantly, police said.
Two women were killed late Tuesday at Miajadas, near Cáceres, east of Madrid.
Their Renault Laguna came off the road, hit a pillar and burst into flames. They were rushed to hospital but both died.
Meanwhile, traffic authorities said 11km queues were building up on the outskirts of Madrid on the A-4 road to Andalusia, southern Spain.
Similar delays were also building up on the A-3 from Madrid to Valencia.
Other major traffic jams, with tailbacks of up to 10km, were seen on the A-6 to La Coruna in Galicia, north-west Spain.
In Catalonia, there were traffic problems only on the B-20 road in Esplugues de Llobregat because of a crash.
In Malaga, there were 4km tailbacks on the N-340 road between the Andalusian capital and Marbella.
Authorities said between Friday last and Wednesday 34 people had been killed in road accidents and 12 others had suffered serious injuries.
Authorities have provided free information sources for motorists at:
http://www.dgt.es or on page 600 of TVE teletext or page 540 of Tele 5 teletext.
From Movistar mobile phones traffic information is obtained by dialling 505/404/e-mocion, Amena 2221, Vodafone 141 and wap http://www.dgt.es/index.wml.
Information is also available by telephone (900 123 505) or by listening to radio.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news