Minorca.—A tragic accident on Sunday on the main road between Alaior and Mercadal on Minorca killed one person and injured a further nine, Emergency services confirmed yesterday.

The crash took place around 8.30am at the 15 kilometre mark of the MA-01 road where a van and a passenger coach collided head on.
Five adults and four children aged 4, 7, 8 and 13 years-old were injured in the accident although none seriously. All of the injured, except the driver of the coach, were German tourists who were holidaying on Minorca.

Following the arrival of paramedics and police at the scene, the coach driver was ferried urgently by ambulance to the Mateu Orfila hospital after he had been freed from the wreckage of his vehicle by firemen. The traffic department of the Guardia Civil began an investigation into the causes of the accident.

Initial assessments reported that the van - a Nissan Primastar - strayed into the oncoming lane at the point of a wide bend, crashing head-on into the coach, belonging to a private company, coming in the opposite direction.

The man who died in the accident was 35-year-old Noel Perez Rodriguez, a National Police Deputy Inspector.
He was married with two children.
Perez Rodriguez had been working for more than 10 years at police headquarters in Mahon. The news came as a major shock to his colleagues and more widely to the National Police in the Balearics.

Investigations into the accident were continuing yesterday.

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