Two women, a mother and daughter, Graziella Mallia and Fallon Mallia from Zabbar lost their lives while another seven people were admitted to hospital for treatment following a very bad accident last night. Two of the people injured are in danger of dying. Another person who was involved in the accident did not sustain any injuries.
The accident happened at around 8.30pm at the beginning of Triq l-Imġarr, Mgarr, as soon as you go around the roundabout on the road to Mosta. The two people who lost their lives are the driver of the Maruti, aged 53, and her passenger, aged 31, both residents of Zabbar. The person driving the Audi, aged 31, resident in Mosta, together with two children who were passengers, aged one and 11 respectively, sustained grievous injuries while another passenger, a 10-year-old child sustained slight injuries.
Two passengers in the Maruti, aged 77 and 12 respectively, were certified to have sustained grievous injuries, while a 44-year-old passenger, resident in Gzira, sustained grievous injuries. A 29-year-old passenger, resident in Sliema was not injured.
The head-on collision involved two vehicles, a Maruti and an Audi. The accident happened in the carriageway which leads to Mgarr, with one of the cars going in that direction, while the other car crashed into it head-on as it was driving the wrong way. The Audi ended up on the part of the road which is still being built as part of the project to widen this road. The Maruti ended up on the central strip and was extensively damaged.
A number of ambulances took the injured to Mater Dei for treatment, while members of the Civil Protection Unit carried out a delicate operation to prise open the Maruti so that the driver’s body could be removed from the vehicle. The other woman who lost her life was a passenger in the seat behind the driver. The two women were both certified dead on the spot.
The Police closed the road from both directions and it was re-opened at around 1.00 a.m.
Duty Magistrate Charmaine Galea is leading the inquiry with the help of various experts including forensic doctor Mario Scerri, and traffic expert Mario Buttigieg. The Police investigations are being led by Supt. Mario Haber from the Qawra district. Also assisting in the case is Inspector Pier Guido Saliba from the Traffic Division.
This was a tragic weekend on the Maltese roads with three people dying in fatal accidents within 24 hours. With the casualties from Sunday night, the number of victims who have lost their lives on Malta’s roads since the beginning of this year has now gone up to five.