A22 road deaths followed PSP agent’s ‘order to stop’

Tuesday’s tragic death toll on the A22 motorway near Boliqueime followed indications by a PSP agent for one of the cars to ‘pull over’.

Explain reports, the agent who himself sustained minor injuries “ordered” the driver of the Nissan Qashqai to stop, due to his having committed an ‘infraction’.

Grandmother Susana Gonçalves, driving her two grandchildren in her Renault Clio, mistakenly believed the order referred to her, and also stopped.

It was at the point that the agent explained she was free to continue on her way that Susana Gonçalves returned to the highway to be hit full on by an airport transfer van, leading to her own death, that of her seven-year-old grandson Matheo and killing an 83-year-old British pensioner.

Says tabloid Correio da Manhã, the driver of the Qashqai has been heard now by the GNR’s accident investigation unit.

Aside from the three deaths, six other people were injured in the accident, including a nine-month-old baby and a three-year-old child.

A driver passing the scene minutes before the tragedy said he thought “right away that the situation could lead to an accident” (click here).

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com