Daybreak tragedy in Albufeira

LAST THURSDAY, as the nation celebrated Corpus Christi Day, tragedy struck on the national roads, killing two people in the Algarve and one in Peniche.

The worst accident occurred at 2.30am on the EN 125 in Fontainhas, Albufeira, close to Praia da Galé, where a head on collision between two speeding vehicles instantly killed both drivers. According to the GNR, it was raining when the two vehicles collided, causing one of the vehicles to skid on a puddle of water and lose control of the car.

At 6.30am another shock collision occurred between a car and a truck carrying fresh fish on the IP 6, in Atouguia da Baleia, Peniche (north of Lisbon). The driver of the car, a 31-year-old man, a resident of Caldas da Rainha, died at the scene. The other driver was taken to Caldas da Rainha hospital and later transferred to the Hospital Santa Maria in Lisbon, and was said to be in a serious condition.

In other parts of the country, two vehicles collided on the EN 114 in Pero Filho, Santarém, injuring five people, including two children. In Lisbon, an incident involving five vehicles left four injured and caused traffic delays close to the airport.

There have already been 351 deaths on Portugal’s roads this year.