A taxi driver died and another was seriously injured in a head-on crash in Burmarrad early on Saturday. 

The victim: Christen CachiaThe victim: Christen Cachia

The crash took place on Burmarrad Road at 12.15am and involved two Peugeots, one of them a passenger van.

The lighter vehicle was thrown off the road with the force of impact.

Christen Cachia, a 31-year-old man from Safi who was driving one of the taxis was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

The other driver, a 59-year-old from Żejtun, was seriously injured.

Four young Scottish tourists - aged 18 to 24 -  who were in one of the taxis heading towards Mosta suffered slight injuries.

Tributes poured online for the victim, a former Armed Forces of Malta soldier, who also had a young daughter.

A magisterial inquiry is under way. 

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