A British woman has died and her husband has been seriously injured after a head-on crash with another car on the holiday island of Tenerife.
Pamela Millward, 77, died at the scene after going into cardiac arrest despite the efforts of paramedics to save her.
Her husband Ronald, believed to be the same age, was taken to hospital “with serious injuries” from yesterday morning’s crash near the village of Piedra Hincada in the west of the island.
His condition today was not immediately clear.
Mr Millward was driving a Renault Clio which was hit head-on by a Ford Fiesta driven by a man in his twenties who lives on the island.
The unnamed Spaniard was also taken to hospital, along with his partner who was airlifted from the scene in a helicopter.
The incident happened just after 11am on the TF-46 road.
Local reports said the Ford Fiesta had crossed over to the wrong side of the road and hit another car which ended up on its side before smashing into the British couple’s car.
Dramatic pictures from the scene showed the fronts of both cars involved in the head-on crash badly damaged.
One of the vehicles caught fire after the collision and brave Good Samaritans put out the flames before firefighters arrived to free those trapped inside the wreckage including Mr Millward.
The road was closed for around two hours after the accident.
Local Civil Guard officers are investigating and will present a report to an investigating magistrate based in Aron now tasked with an ongoing probe into the tragedy.
The elderly British couple are thought to have been on holiday on the island although it is known if the Clio they were driving was a hire car or not.
A local emergency services coordinator said: “We were alerted just after 11am yesterday/on Sunday about a road traffic accident involving three vehicles on the TF-46 near Piedra Hincada in the municipality of Guia de Isora.
“One of the vehicles caught fire after the collision.
“Emergency response teams were activated immediately.
“Firefighters found the fire had already been put out by the time they arrived and proceeded to free four of the casualties trapped inside two of the vehicles.
“The dead woman was found to be suffering cardiac arrest and efforts to save her failed.”
As well as paramedics, local police and Civil Guard officers, firefighters from three stations including Adeje in the south of the island, attended the crash scene.
Piedra Hincada is in the municipality of Guia de Isora.
It is on a hill with spectacular views down to the coast and across to the neighbouring island of La Gomera as well as towards the mountains including Mount Teide.