German family of four die in horror smash

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One of Mallorca’s worst car crashes in recent memory saw a German family-of-four killed when their rented car hit an oncoming van on the two-lane road between Alcudia and Arta. 

The horrific crash took place in the early afternoon of Monday, August 29, in Son Serra de Marina when the driver turned into the car park of famous local restaurant the Rancho Grande.

Driving a rented VW Polo, he turned into the path of an approaching Renault van which rammed them from the side. The German couple, both in their early 40’s, and their two young daughters aged seven and 10, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The van driver suffered only minor injuries but is being treated for severe shock. The victims, who come from the Bavarian town of Freising, are thought to have been on the island for only a few days.

Their deaths were confirmed by the German Embassy in Spain. The accident brings the number of deaths on Mallorca’s roads to 37 this year – 12 more than over the same period last year. The crash is said to be the worst single loss of life since 1997 when four teenage boys died on their way home from a party. 

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