Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2018

ALGARVE CRASH: British tourists injured as coach smashes into tanker in Portugal | UK | News


Three of the tourists are understood to be seriously hurt, with the other 11 suffering less serious injuries.

GNR police chief Samuel Afonso confirmed all the passengers on the Spanish-owned coach were British and the tourists were on their way from a hotel in the resort of Praia da Rocha to Faro Airport to catch flights home.

He said investigators had yet to officially determine the cause of the accident, but said he believed it may have happened after one of the drivers was momentarily blinded by the sun.

The crash happened just before 8am local time this morning/yesterday morning (WED) near the Areeiro Tunnel between Loule and Faro.

A massive emergency response involving firefighters, police, paramedics and local Red Cross workers in more than 20 vehicles was immediately mobilised and the motorway closed on the stretch heading eastwards towards Faro so victims could be freed from the wreckage.

Two of the passengers – both believed to be women – and the Portuguese driver had to be cut out of the twisted metal by firefighters before being taken to Faro hospital.

The last casualty was not freed till just after 10am local time, more than two hours after the crash.

Dramatic TV footage showed the front of the coach embedded in the back of the truck.

A well-placed local source said the tanker truck was a concrete mixer truck and concrete from inside the container it was carrying had spilled into the coach.

A GNR source confirmed: “All the passengers on the coach were British. They were being taken to Faro Airport.”

The A22, also known as the Via do Infante de Sagres locally, is the main motorway in the Algarve.

It is 82 miles long and in 2011 controversially became a toll road.

It connects Lagos on the western Algarve to Castro Marim on Portugal’s border with Spain.

The most-severely injured coach passengers are said to have suffered multiple injuries.

No-one from Faro Hospital was immediately available for comment this morning/yesterday morning (WED) to specify how they were being treated in hospital.



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