Firefighters took four hours to recover the bodies of the victims. . / sur

Ronda declares three days of mourning after three young people die when their car plunges off road near the town

The vehicle left the road where the Bodega Descalzos Viejos is located and fell onto the road between Ronda and Seville in the early hours of this Wednesday morning

JUAN CANO / VANESSA MELGAR Malaga / Ronda

Three young people were killed in the early hours of this Wednesday morning, 29 June, when the vehicle in which they were travelling crashed down onto the Seville road in Ronda. For reasons which are as yet unknown, it appears that the driver tried to get away from National Police officers who had tried to intercept their vehicle on two occasions.

Two of the three deceased were identified at the scene. They were 15 and 16 years old. The third, 22, was identified shortly after. They were all from Ronda.

The accident happened about 2.30am in an area called La Dehesa. The vehicle, a Mercedes car, left the road where the Bodega Descalzos Viejos is located and crashed down some 10-12 metres onto the A-374 road between Ronda and Seville below.

The location where the car crashed. / V.M.

All three occupants were dead when the emergency services arrived, and the car was completely destroyed in the accident. It took firefighters four hours to recover the bodies of the victims from the wreckage.

Ronda town council has decreed three days of official mourning and has suspended various events leading up to the Pedro Romero fair and festivities, including the presentation of the Goyesca ladies and the announcement of the the celebration's activities.

Flags are also being flown at half-mast and with black crepe at the town hall. The mayor, María de la Paz Fernández, has conveyed her condolences to the families and friends of the victims.