After suffering major injuries from a car accident in Spain, the singer is now recuperating

By People Staff
October 24, 2008 02:00 PM

Ana Torroja, the lead singer of disbanded Spanish pop group Mecano which enjoyed huge popularity in Latin America and Europe, was hospitalized earlier this month following a traffic accident. The singer the hospital in Cádiz, España, this past Wednesday, where she was in critical condition since October 10.

The Latin Grammy Award-nominated singer, who has had successful solo career since the band broke up in 1998, suffered a broken collarbone but her life is not in danger, a regional health department official said.

Five other people were hurt in the head-on collision between two vehicles at Barbate which is near Jerez de la Frontera, including former Miss Spain, Esther Arroyo, who was travelling with the 48-year-old pop star.

Mecano was one of the most popular groups to emerge in the 1980s during a period of cultural experimentation in newly democratic Spain known as “La Movida”, having sold millions of albums worldwide.

The band issued a greatest hits album in 2005 and a musical based on its songs, named after its debut single “Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar” (I Can’t Get Up Today), is currently packing a Madrid theatre.