Five people, including four members of an Elche family, were killed and ten injured in a 13-vehicle pile-up on the AP-7 in the Murcia region yesterday afternoon.

A Spanish lorry driver was arrested by the Guardia Civil for allegedly causing the accident, which is the worst case of fatalities on Murcia’s roads this year.

The tragedy (picture from the La Verdad newspaper) happened in the vicinity of Camping La Paz at Sangonera La Seca, with two lorries, two vans, and nine cars involved in the accident which happened at around 6.00 pm.

Reports suggest that a lorry ploughed into the vehicles that had stopped on the road due to an accident further down the highway. The Elche local police confirmed that four of the people that died all came from the same family from the the municipality.

Besides the five people that lost their lives, ten other people, including three teenagers, were taken to the Morales Meseguer and Reina Sofía hospitals, as well as to the Virgen de la Arrixaca hospital in El Palmar.

The road was closed for nearly 12 hours, with specialist Guardia Civil investigators from Madrid looking into the circumstances of what happened.

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