Three drivers lived “moments of panic” on Sunday morning (June 19) when they escaped a car fire on the EN125 near the main Porches roundabout in Lagoa.
The fire started after a violent crash involving three vehicles at 9.20am.
A GNR police source told the Resident that a car came to an abrupt stop and was crashed into by another car travelling behind it. A third driver was also unable to stop in time, and crashed into the second vehicle.
The fire apparently started in the engine of the third car and spread to the second.
The driver of the first car was able to get the vehicle away before the fire spread any further.
All three drivers, described as Portuguese, suffered minor injuries from the crash and were taken to Portimão Hospital.
The car fire was put out by 24 Lagoa and Albufeira firefighters.
Traffic was cut off on the Porches section of the EN125 after the accident.
GNR are investigating the crash.
According to the latest data from the national road safety authority (ANSR), there have been 4,091 accidents on Algarve roads between January 1 and June 15. Nine people have died and 59 others were badly injured.
In the last six years, 66 people have died on the EN125 road alone.