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Octogenarian Brit and Swedish couple in latest head-on horror on EN125

An 80-year-old British man and two people from Sweden were involved in a horrific head-on crash on the EN125 road on Saturday (January 23).

The accident happened near the Zoomarine theme park in Guia at around 11.40am.

Eye witnesses told Correio da Manhã that the British man tried to overtake another car on the large curve in the area and ended up crashing his BMW into the couple’s Seat.

A truck was caught up in the horror but the driver was not injured.

Traffic was cut off for two hours and GNR police are now investigating.

The British expat – said to have lived in the Algarve “for many years” – was taken to Portimão Hospital where he is still “under observation”.

The couple however was taken to Faro Hospital. The 55-year-old woman has been discharged, but the 49-year-old man has been transferred to another hospital closer to where he lives, a hospital source confirmed.

This is the first serious accident on the infamous road this year.

In 2015, 36 people were killed and 168 were badly injured in a total of 9,490 accidents on Algarve roads, according to data from the national road safety authority (ANSR).

Anti-toll group CUVI has once again called on the government to eliminate the A22 motorway tolls once and for all.

“How many more families will have to be shattered? How many more people will have to be killed and seriously injured?” the group asks on its Facebook page.

CUVI added that “the government will be responsible for all the accidents, deaths and injured on the EN125” if it does not abolish the motorway tolls in its upcoming State budget.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com