Bank holiday road chaos as 76 die
9 December 2003
MADRID – Seventy-six people died on the roads over the December bank holiday weekend.
The death toll was the worst for this bank holiday in four years.
Fifty-five serious accidents happened across the country as many Spaniards took to the roads to get away for the three-day break.
Monday was a religious Bank Holiday, called La Immaculada or The Immaculate.
The number of people who lost their lives has risen by 13 from the same weekend last year, the authorities said.
Thirty-five people were seriously injured in crashes and another 39 suffered light injuries.
In 2002, 63 people were killed in 50 accidents. There were 22 people seriously injured.
The latest figures showed the highest death toll for this bank holiday for the past four years.
It comes as figures released Monday showed one person dies on the roads in Spain every two hours.
The worst crash over the long-weekend involved a four-car pile-up near Valencia in which three men were killed and five others – including a four-year-old child – seriously injured.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news