Analysis has revealed that the A-7 motorway in Murcia is the deadliest stretch of road in the entire region, after the most recent fatal crash brought the death toll to twenty victims in sixteen incidents over the past six years.
The data was collated following the deaths of two truck drivers and two golfers when their vehicles collided in June, one of the trucks bursting into flames. In 2011 there were three fatal crashes in which three people lost their lives, in 2013 four people were killed in four fatal incidents.
In 2014 there were five deaths in five incidents. In 2015 there were four incidents in which three lives were lost and so far in 2016 four people have been killed in a single deadly incident. The RM-714 which also runs through the region is also top of the deadliest roads list after twenty four people lost their lives in six incidents on the Jumilla to Venta del Olivo y Calasparra road. The largest death toll in a single incident was when a bus crashed in Cieza in November of last year resulting in fourteen people being killed.
However, despite these statistics, the Director General of Traffic does not recognise the areas as being “black spots”. In fact, the only location in Murcia considered as such is the RM D14 at Águilas, at kilometre marker post 2.4. This zone is classed as dangerous as it has been the location of three injury incidents in 2015.
It is quite possible that the DGT revisit the location following these most recent deadly incidents, but as much of the motorway in the area is set for an overhaul and widening scheme in the next few years, it may well be that more modern road features can play a bigger part in reducing incidents, so long as drivers themselves also do their bit to keep the roads safe.