There has been such a spate of serious accidents on Tenerife’s motorways lately, especially on the TF1, that the Canarian press is openly calling the north-south link the autopista de la muerte – the motorway of death – saying it is like Russian roulette driving on it. Some accidents, obviously, are so freakish that nothing could have prevented them: I’m thinking of the appalling tragedy of the mother who was killed when a lorry catapulted over the central reservation and landed on her car at Fañabe recently; others, however, are down to a variety of factors, including tailgating, speeding, volume of traffic, distractions like mobile phones … no-one has a clear answer of what the issue is. Perhaps there isn’t a single or clear answer.
And emergency services today are reporting yet another serious accident, again on the TF1, leaving another driver in critical condition. The 46-year-old man was injured just before 5am on the northbound carriageway in Las Chafiras when his car collided with a lorry and overturned. He was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut out by bomberos: he suffered serious head and chest injuries and was transferred to Candelaria hospital where his condition is said to be critical.
There might be few answers as to why this keeps happening, and I myself remain baffled as to how so many of these vehicles end up on their roof, but if we have to go on the autopista de la muerte – and it’s not just the TF1 that could apply to – as the Hill Street Blues sergeant used to say, and as the Guardia Civil’s Tráfico unit now says, be careful out there!