MADRID, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Five people died in a traffic accident close to the town of Cartagena in the southeast of Spain late on Saturday night.
The police said that the accident happened around midnight local time between the towns of La Palma and Torre Pacheco when a car carrying four men aged between 19-21 crossed onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on with a car carrying four young women aged 20-24.
All of the men were killed in the accident along with one of the women, while the other three all suffered serious injuries.
Local police rushed to the scene of the accident along with civil guards, the fire brigade and local ambulance services. They confirmed the five deaths, and sent the three injured to the Santa Lucia Hospital in Cartagena.
In January, Spain's Direction General of Traffic confirmed that 2016 had seen 1,160 deaths in road accidents, an increase of 29 from 2015's figures, putting an end to 13 years of declining mortality on the country's roads.