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STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
A MOTORIST died yesterday lunchtime following an accident involving a second vehicle which took place on the road between Esporles and Banyalbufar.
Emergency services confirmed the victim was a 40-year-old Spaniard who had died before they could reach him. The driver of the second vehcile escaped injury.

Across the country as a whole, an estimated fifty-five people have died since Friday, 14th March when the Guardia Civil's national Traffic department launched “Operation Holy Week,” in which centralised monitoring services kept track of tailbacks, hold-ups and bottle necks which developed as a result of motorists “getting away from it all” for the Easter break. A close register was also kept of accidents and the resulting number of injuries and deaths. Reports showed that there were 44 less people killed on the roads this year over the Easter period than during “Holy Week” last year which fell later in the calendar, in April.

Up until midnight on Sunday, 14 serious injuries and 26 minor ones were recorded. On Sunday alone, five people lost their lives on Spanish roads in three separate traffic accidents. In one of them, another person was gravely injured.

Operation “Holy Week” officially came to a close at midnight yesterday which was a public holiday in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearics, Navarre, the Basque Country and the region of La Rioja. Easter Monday is not celebrated as a public holiday everywhere in Spain.