A huge boulder came crashing down onto the N-340 between Nerja and Torrox effectively blocking one lane.
There was no way that the netting that is supposed to prevent rock falls could have prevented the boulder falling once it was moving, which it did, not far from the Chiringuito La Restinga around 16.00h yesterday afternoon.
Fortunately, there were no cars passing underneath at the time so nobody was hurt.
The Guardia Civil closed the road under instructions from the Mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina and it is likely that it will stay closed as the safety wire netting has been left in such a state that further rainfall will bring more stones and earth down.
Municipal engineers have decided to use heavy machinery to break the boulder down in order to be able to move it. They have also calculated that it will cost in the order of 40,000 euros to repair the road surface and the safety netting on the hillside.
(New: Nerja/Torrox, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)