Driver charged with double homicide

Guardia Civil have charged a driver with a double homicide through reckless driving, after his car crossed the central reservation and collided with an oncoming van on the N-332 in Cullera, Alicante, shortly after 2am on Sunday August 30. The driver is accused of taking cannabis and falling asleep at the wheel, which resulted in the accident that left two motorists dead and five others injured.

The accused driver, who was with a group of friends, is now waiting to appear in court. He was tested using a saliva drug control at the scene and the result was positive for narcotics (cannabis). The result must now be confirmed through laboratory tests.

The accident occurred at km 248 on the N-332 road, a notorious black spot for accidents. It required numerous Guardia Civil officers, four ambulances and 10 firefighters working for more than two hours to rescue those involved. The road was subsequently blocked and traffic diverted until the scene was cleared.

Two occupants of the van died almost immediately. A 60-year-old man, who was in a third vehicle also involved in the accident, was rushed to Gandia Hospital after receiving emergency first aid at the scene. None of the five occupants of the vehicle that allegedly caused the accident appeared to have suffered any life-threatening injuries.

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