A 42-year-old driver on Tuesday caused an accident between Sotira and Liopetri while driving with four times the permitted amount of alcohol in his blood.

According to Famagusta police spokesman Steve Theodoulou, the accident took place around 8.15am when the 42-year-old was driving towards Liopetri and under unknown circumstances, his car deviated from its course and entered the opposite flow of traffic.

As a result, he collided head-on with another car, driven by a 62-year-old Paralimni resident, who was driving in the opposite direction.

“The collision trapped both drivers in their vehicles, and the fire service’s intervention was needed to free them,” Theodoulou said.

He added that the two drivers were taken by ambulance to Famagusta general hospital, where the 62-year-old received first aid and was discharged.

The 42-year-old remains in hospital for additional tests, and according to the doctors on duty, his condition is not estimated to be serious and he is out of danger.

A preliminary alcotest was carried out on the two drivers, with a zero indication for the older man, while for the younger man it was 89µg, four times the 22µg limit.

The circumstances under which the accident occurred are being investigated by Famagusta traffic police.