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A Screech, a Bang And a Spin

Last night, having just finished a latish supper, our son was waiting for a friend to arrive. They were ready to go to some verbenas in Montuïri, a pueblo half an hour’s down the road from Felanitx. Suddenly we heard a screeching noise and a bang. Our daughter wondered if it was a fire cracker. Then the phone rang. It was our son’s friend, saying that he had just been involved in a car accident. We went out immediately, because the accident scene appeared to have been just down the road from our house judging by the bang that we had heard.

As accidents go, this luckily seems to have been a minor one. Even though there was considerable damage to both cars – one of them spun out of control and came to a halt only inches from a shop front – there was no serious personal injury as there might have easily been. Yes, our son’s friend was shocked and appeared bewildered by the force of the impact; he had also suffered bruises to his shoulder from the seat belt. The municipal police arrived at the scene within minutes, and a few moments later, the Tráfico (Traffic Police). Measurements were taken of skid marks and distances to stop signs, and alcohol tests were administered with breathalyzers; both drivers’ samples proved negative. Our son’s friend was then taken to the medical centre for further tests of a possible whiplash injury. No verbenas for him tonight. We hope he’ll be alright.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 18th, 2012. The time was 22:51:53.

3 replies »

  1. I am well impressed at the speed and efficiency of the police in this situation. I pray that the young lad will soon recover. Life is truly fragile.

  2. Young people, particularly males, don’t seem to understand that there is no room for complacency when in charge of nearly a 1 ton missile. Just the other day 3 brothers and a friend were killed in a head on in County Offaly.

  3. As long has the occupants of both cars managed to walk away with minor injuries. At least the cars can be replaced or mended.

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