20-08-2013
On a day when two more lives were lost on Majorca's roads, a van and a lorry driver had lucky escapes on the Palma ring road. The lorry, carrying meat, toppled over as the driver approached a roundabout and lurched over onto a van, which had stopped at the entrance to a slip road leading on to the motorway. Amazingly, the van driver, who suffered slight injuries, realised what was happening just in the nick of time and managed to leap out of the van. Both the trucker and his mate escaped unhurt. In just the past six weeks, Majorca's roads have claimed the lives of 14 people, with two more people losing their lives yesterday. With the death rate slightly more than two people per week, the traffic police and local authorities are deeply concerned about the situation. A 25-year-old woman died in the early hours of yesterday morning on the road between Son Servera and Capdepera. The foreign woman, identified as Deborah Somalfeld Castaño, was travelling in a Ford Galaxy when the vehicle, for reasons as yet unknown, came off the road at 1.30am and collided with a solid object. The driver, aged 26, who has not been identified, was rushed to hospital in a serious condition and another couple in the car was taken to a local medical centre suffering serious injuries. The second fatal accident happened at 1.30 pm near Manacor in calle Capdepera. The accident occurred at a crossroads when a large motorbike and a car collided. The 25-year-old motorcyclist from the village of s'Illot died and his wife, who was riding pillion, was last night suffering from amnesia and unable to recall what had happened. This week a total of five people died on Majorca's roads. Two lost their lives in traffic accidents on Thursday, one being the 65-year-old German tourist whose hire car rolled backwards over a ten metre drop. The other was a young woman.

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