TRAGEDY struck on the first day of the Spanish summer holiday yesterday when a car and a lorry collided on Palma sea front, killing the driver of the Renault Megane and injury the passenger.
The fatal accident happened at 6.48 am along Paseo Sagrera, just in front of La Lonja.
Spokesperson for Palma Local Police, Juan Luis Sánchez, said yesterday that speeding was the cause of the crash. The lorry driver, who tested negative to both alcohol and drugs tests, was on his way to the port to collect a trailer when the accident happened. Sánchez explained that the lorry first hit a lamp post and the driver lost control of the cab as it veered across the central reservation and into the Megane coming in the opposite direction.
The driver was killed instantly, according to emergency service sources, and the passenger rushed to Son Dureta - she was due to have been discharged last night after having been treated for only minor injuries.
The accident caused traffic chaos and tail backs of over three kilometres.
Heavy lifting cranes were needed to remove the two damaged vehicles and a palm tree from the scene and traffic along the sea front did not full return to normal until mid-day.
A full crash investigation has been opened and this is the second fatal accident involving a lorry along Palma's sea front this year.
Two air hostesses were killed when a lorry jack-knifed and ploughed into them as they waited to cross the road in front of the Club de Mar earlier this year. Diverting heavy goods vehicles off the sea front and away from the centre of Palma is one of the government's primary concerns.