The victims of yesterday’s fatal car crash on a bypass of the EN125 road (click here) have been identified as an English couple on holiday in the Algarve.
According to national tabloid Correio da Manhã, the victims were a 68-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman who were on their way to Faro Airport to catch a flight home after a holiday in the region.
The head-on crash with an oncoming pick-up truck occurred on a bend with “little visibility” on the Almancil EN125 bypass just minutes after 6am.
CM suggests the man may have been confused, driving on the wrong side of the road, possibly forgetting that cars are driven on the right side of the road in Portugal, unlike in the UK.
The crash is described as having been “so violent” that the victims’ bodies had to be cut free from the wreckage.
The three people who were travelling in the other vehicle were injured – two of them seriously – and were taken to Faro Hospital where they remained by the end of yesterday.
Traffic on the road was cut off for three hours as GNR police investigated the scene.
The operation involved 32 people, including INEM emergency workers, firefighters, employees from the road concession company and GNR police.