A LORRY driver has been charged following a fatal, multi-vehicle crash on the A-7 in Murcia that left five people dead and 12 injured, three of them seriously.
Witnesses said that there was a traffic jam near Sangonera la Seca and that the lorry was travelling at high speed and did not stop.
It hit the rear of the queue and four members of a family from Elche, Alicante were killed in the first car it hit.
Spanish media sources claim that the driver, who has been released on bail and has had his licence suspended, tested positive for cocaine at the scene.
The driver’s company issued a statement claiming that the man, from Totana, Murcia, was working within his normal hours and had complied with the regulatory rest periods.
Guardia Civil accident investigators have travelled to Murcia from Madrid in an effort to find out what happened.