Couple killed in horrific motorway smash on way home from Fatacil

in World · 30-08-2018 09:58:00 · 0 Comments

Three people were killed, among them a young entrepreneurial couple, and six others were seriously injured in a horrific crash that happened on the main A1 Lisbon to Porto motorway on Monday in Mealhada, northern Portugal.

Among the victims were Rui Nunes Figueiredo, creator of the acclaimed Portuguese craft beer Rapada, and his wife, Alexandra Nunes, an entrepreneur in the field of Aveiro natural salt.
The couple, both believed to be in their early 40’s, died in the smash as they were making their way home to Aveiro from the Fatacil agriculture and tourism fair, held in the Algarve city of Lagoa from 17 to 26 August.
The accident involved two lorries and several passenger vehicles. The third victim was identified as the driver of one of the lorries.
All three died from their injuries after being trapped inside their vehicles.

Early reports suggested one of the lorries had ploughed through the central divider and rolled onto the van being driven by the tragic couple.
The Mayor of Oliveira do Hospital, homeland of Rui Nunes Figueiredo’s place of birth, Santo António do Alva, formerly known as Rapada, after which the businessman named his award-winning beer, was among the first people to publicly express his sympathy in the wake of the accident.
Mayor José Carlos Alexandrino highlighted Mr. Figueiredo’s “great dynamics” and, in comments to Centro TV, recalled how he “won the Empreender+ contest that the municipality organises, for new business ideas, with the Rapada artisanal beer project”.
“They [the couple] were very dear to the people of the land and I want to express my heartfelt condolences to their families”, added the mayor.
The Aveiro rescue service said the accident cut off the northbound carriageway of the A1 for several hours and also affected the southbound traffic.


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