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THE driving rain and alleged careless driving are believed to have been the cause of Thursday evening's accident near Pollensa which claimed its third victim yesterday.
The collision between an Audi A4 and a large van happened near the entrance to Pollensa Golf Club on the Sa Pobla to Pollensa road at 7.15pm.
The Audi flipped over as a result of the impact and the three occupants, all Armenian, had to be cut free from the wreckage by fire fighters involved in the emergency fleet of ambulances and police from Inca and Pollensa which rushed to the scene.
Two of the Armenians were declared dead at the scene but the third was rushed to Son Dureta hospital in Palma in a critical condition.
All were aged in their mid 30*s and the third victim died as a result of his serious injuries in the early hours of yesterday morning.
According to the Guardia Civil yesterday, the Audi was apparently travelling at speed and none of the three were wearing a seat belt at the time of the head-on collision.
Had they been, they may have been alive yesterday, the sources said.
The driver of the Citroen van escaped with minor injuries but was said to be suffering from shock yesterday.
The severe weather which hit the Balearics at lunch time on Thursday was the cause of a spate of minor traffic accidents across the region but the most tragic was the Pollensa accident which has brought the total number of lives lost on the Balearic roads this year to ten.
This is 45 percent more than during the first five weeks of last year.