Medical teams attend to those who were knocked down. | Vasil Vasilev


A 20-year-old Moroccan, who had only passed his driving test two months ago, knocked down five people as they waited for a bus near the La Caixa head offices along the Avenidas in the centre of Palma.

The incident happened at 10.15am on Saturday when the driver lost control of his vehicle, mounted the pavement and drove in to the five people, four tourists from Galicia, aged between 60 and 70, and a local resident aged 25.

The Moroccan driver tested negative for alcohol but was arrested for dangerous driving.

A fleet of ambulances, the National Police and local police were on the scene within minutes as panic initially broke out in the area; some people thought it was a terrorist attack. The victims, suffering injuries of varying degrees, were taken to the Rotger and Juaneda clinics.

The police are now trying to establish what happened and what caused the accident. They are not ruling out speeding as the cause of the accident.

Elsewhere, the police are investigating a fatal car accident in Sineu. A 28-year-old male driver died early on Saturday morning after his vehicle collided with a wall along the Sineu to Palma road. The accident happened at 7.00am.