Road safety campaigners have called for ‘drastic’ action after nine people were seriously hurt in a horror smash in Gozo.
The head-on accident happened on Mgarr Road in Ghajnsielem in the early hours of Friday morning.
The town’s mayor called for speed cameras to be installed on the road, which links Victoria to the ferry terminal at Mgarr Harbour.
Ghajnsielem Local Council mayor Kevin Cauchi said: ‘In light of the fact that another serious accident has taken place on Mgarr Road, the third in seven days, I appeal to the authorities to take drastic measures to reduce speed on this road.
‘Plastic bollards to avoid head-on accidents and speed cameras might be a solution.
‘We need to make our streets safer.’
Gozo Police said a woman was seriously injured and another eight people, including three young boys, were hurt in the accident at around 1am.
The woman who was seriously injured is a 41-year-old Latvian who lives in Swieqi.
She was a passenger in a Jago Geep that was being driven by a 43-year-old Norwegian man who lives in Kercem.
Also in the Jago were a 51-year-old German man who lives in Xagħra and a 47-year-old American man who lives in Victoria.
The Jago was involved in a collision with a Daihatsu Terios that was being driven by a 36-year-old woman from Nadur who was slightly injured in the crash.
A 45-year-old Canadian woman sitting in the passenger seat was also slightly injured.
Two boys aged nine and 14 who were seated in the back were grievously hurt in the crash, while a third child, a boy aged 11, was slightly injured.
All those involved in the accident were taken to Gozo General Hospital.