A pensioner drove her car into a crowd during a folk festival in Spain. Eleven people were injured in the accident on Monday night in Vilanova de Arousa in the north-west of the country, the emergency service for the Galicia region said on Monday. The state television broadcaster RTVE and other media spoke of at least twelve injured. Five seriously injured were taken to hospitals, it said. Of greatest concern is the condition of a 14-year-old who suffered severe internal bleeding.
According to official information, the accident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cause of the accident is not yet known, but everything indicates that the driver, who is around 80 years old, lost control of the automatic car, RTVE reported. She and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger seat, would have attended a concert at the festival site in a Smart. Suddenly the vehicle drove off and into the tent. The two occupants were taken into police custody. The authorities have already started investigations.
The 10,000 or so residents of the Galician coastal community of Vilanova de Arousa, not far from Pontevedra, celebrated the day of their patron saint, San Miguel de Deiro, on Sunday. Many residents of neighboring communities also take part in the festival.