FOUR members of a British family were injured in a head-on collision which occurred in Santa Ponsa at about 3pm yesterday.
A couple named as David J. and his wife, Patricia M, both aged about 60, were reported to be seriously injured, while their children, aged 20 and 12, sustained lesser injuries.
The accident occurred in the Avenida del Golf, when the vehicle in which they were travelling, a Renault Twingo, was involved in a head on collision with a Citroen Picasso.
The father, who was driving, had to be cut free from the wreckage by the fire brigade before he could be treated by paramedics.
The driver of the other vehicle, who was also British, was uninjured.
Two ambulances from the 061 emergency service rushed to the scene, as well as a mobile intensive care unit.
Paramedics administered first aid at the scene of the crash before the four members of the family were rushed to the Policlinica Miramar and the Clinica Femenia.
The Local Police of Calvia went to the scene to direct traffic.
The cause of the accident has not been determined as yet. The road surface was in good condition.
Sources say it may have been due to a momentary lack of visibility, as at the time of the accident, the reflection of the sun has been known to be a hazard.
The family was reported to be staying on a boat moored at Santa Ponsa.
Although the number of people who have died on the road in the Balearics has dropped slightly compared to last year, the traffic authorities are still worried about the number of accidents.
Safety measures have been set up and the Guardia Civil Traffic department has set up six radars on the Palma Nova, Inca and Airport motorways and on the Manacor road. The number of random breathalyser tests has also been stepped up, particularly at weekends.
There is a helicopter on duty, flying over the island, prepared to provide assistance at the scene of a traffic accident.
It has a doctor and nurse on board and the average time of response to an emergency is eight minutes.
It began operations at Easter and will be here until the end of the summer.
The traffic authorities have also launched an aggressive campaign in an effort to reduce the number of accidents.