MADRID: Seven people died in a pre-dawn crash between two cars near the northern Spanish city of Figueres, close to the French border, Spanish officials said Saturday.
The collision occurred at Pont de Molins on the outskirts of Figueres about 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the border, the regional government of Catalonia’s traffic department said.
The Interior Ministry said all five people of a car with French license plates were killed when it was hit side-on by another car in which two occupants died and one was seriously injured. The ministry said not all the occupants had been identified but Spanish officials were in contact with the French and Moroccan consulates.
Regional government spokesman Jordi Jane said the accident happened at a recognized traffic danger spot and it appeared that no one in the French vehicle, who were between 19 and 22, had been wearing a seat belt.
“We have been asking for a long time for a dual-lane highway on this stretch of road,” said Marta Felip, the mayor of Figueres.
Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia, offered his “condolences and solidarity to the victims.”