By Eloise Horsfield
TORROX Town Hall has produced an emergency report to address road safety in its main square after a vehicle drove into diners for the second time in four months.
Two Spanish women aged 67 and 72 were injured last Sunday when a driver lost control of her Fiat Panda, smashing into a table at La Plaza bar in Plaza de la Constitucion.
Eyewitness Les Jones, 55, told the Olive Press: “From what I understand a tin of paint had rolled under her feet, causing her to lose control of the car.”
“She was covered with white paint.”
The town hall has now produced an emergency report to address the issue, with PSOE mayor Francisco Munoz vowing to build road bollards, improve signalling and a fence to prevent accidents in the square, which is quite obviously unsafe.
Munoz still owes the construction company €144,000 for the road works, which were completed last summer and included the removal of kerbs – much to the bemusement of many residents.
“It is clear there are not the sufficient measures to protect pedestrians, despite the high cost of the recent road works,” admitted Munoz.
The report says action must be taken to ensure the smooth, fluid and orderly transition of both motorists and pedestrians in the square.
“Also important is the installation of shock-resistant bollards in the areas most at risk of vehicles driving into them, and also fencing to protect pedestrians,” it says.
As reported in the Olive Press, in February three people were rushed to hospital when a drunk driver rammed his 4X4 into a table at Paco’s Bar.
“It was carnage, with everyone screaming,” said former lorry driver Jones, who witnessed both incidents.