Five people have been killed and another three injured in a road traffic incident on the Lorca-Águilas motorway on Tuesday morning.

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The 112 emergency coordination centre received a call at 07:19 reporting that a vehicle had left the road and fallen down an embankment at a bridge. The caller indicated that people were trapped inside the vehicle and suffering varying degrees of serious injuries.

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Fire fighters, medics and the Guardia Civil all rushed to the scene and found the vehicle with eight occupants, five of whom having apparently lost their lives in the impact.

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The occupants were extracted from the vehicles where medical staff were able to confirm the deaths and treat the remaining three, one of whom was in a serious condition, the other two having suffered minor injuries.

The injured parties were taken to Rafael Méndez hospital in Lorca for continual treatment.

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