A german tourist aged 20, who had just hired a moped, was killed in a traffic accident involving a lorry, according to police sources. The accident occurred at kilometre 31 of the Alcudia-Artà road as it runs through Can Picafort. Police are investigating the accident, believed to have occurred when the tourist lost control of the moped and fell into the road under the wheels of an oncoming lorry, the driver of which could do nothing to avoid her. The emergency helicopter was called out, but paramedics who rushed to the scene said that she died immediately. As a result of the accident there were some tail backs on the road, which leads to various popular resorts. It was the second fatal road accident in the Balearics in four days: on August 17, a man and a 14-year-old girl died and two people were injured in a car crash in Formentera. The traffic authorities have expressed their concern at the growing death toll on local roads and urge all motorists to drive more carefully.

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