One dead and two seriously injured as lorry overturns and breaks through central reservation of TF1 at Fañabe

Photo: Tenerife Vial.

Photo: Carreteras

Updated 2.30pm: It is now sadly confirmed that a woman has died and her daughter and a motorcyclist were seriously injured in this accident. Emergency services say that the lorry was heading north towards Santa Cruz but crossed the central reservation after the driver lost control, colliding with a car heading south. The car’s driver was killed in the incident and had to be freed by Bomberos: her 12-year-old daughter has been taken to Hospiten Sur with serious leg injuries. A 30-year-old motorcyclist also suffered severe leg injuries in the incident and he has been transferred to Hospital Quirón Costa Adeje. 

Original post 17 July, 1.30pm: Yet again road safety experts are questioning the central reservation barriers on Tenerife’s motorways. Only last month a bus went straight through the central reservation at Guaza and this lunchtime, the TF1 at Fañabe is at a complete standstill after a lorry overturned and went through safety retention blocks. The accident happened around 12 noon on the south-bound (towards Adeje) carriageway, though Carreteras says that the north-bound carriageway is also affected by rubbernecking drivers. There are reports that at least one other vehicle is involved somehow in the incident, and several local claims of casualties and even fatalities though this is still awaiting official confirmation.  


  1. So sad. John and I were travelling down the TF1 going North and saw the aftermath. Very upsetting scenes.

  2. There is a need for the motorway to be policed. There is certainly not enough presence. Too many fatalities are now occuring. Also drivers continue to use their mobile phones both on and off the motorway, this is terrifying. My heart goes out to everyone who was involved and other road traffice incidents. DGT are annoucing more protection, but nothing still has been done. To the families involved may you find peace,

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