Photo: Bomberos de Tenerife.
Updated 8 September: Sadly, the person who was resuscitated from cardiac arrest at the scene and transferred to Candelaria hospital in serious condition, has now also died, so yesterday’s tragic accident has now resulted in two deaths. The above photo from the fire brigade shows the devastation at the scene, but also the destruction to the central barrier. Questions are now being asked about the integrity of the barrier, which seems to have collapsed more easily than expected even allowing for the weight of the lorry that crashed through them. One road safety organization said that “it is worrying that a rigid central reservation did not perform its sole function of containment and road safety”.
Original post 7 September: A man died and several others were injured this afternoon in a pile up with a lorry and several other vehicles near the Güímar tunnel on the TF1. Emergency services say that the accident happened minutes before 5pm, and that the south-bound lorry had crossed the central reservation and collided with three vehicles heading towards Santa Cruz. The dead man was cut out of his vehicle by bomberos but was unable to be saved at the scene. One of the injured was thrown clear of the motorway and had to be rescued by bomberos: he is currently in HUC in a serious condition. Another who suffered multiple injuries was resuscitated from cardiac arrest and transferred to Candelaria hospital in serious condition while another was treated at the scene for injuries which are said not to be serious.
The accident happened only two hours after a 62-year-old man was seriously injured after his car overturned on the TF1 near Tabaiba, en El Rosario. Emergency services say that they received reports of the accident shortly before 3pm and that the vehicle had ended up next to a bus stop on the motorway. The driver was transferred with multiple injuries to Candelaria Hospital where his condition is said to be serious. There were significant tailbacks on the TF1 as a result of the accident.