A seven-year old boy and a 56-year-old woman resident in Loulé, and an 83-year-old British woman were killed in the violent smash near the Boliqueime service area.

A two-year-old French boy was seriously injured. Five more victims - a 9-month-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, a 58-year-old Portuguese man, an 84-year-old Englishman and a 28-year-old Brazilian woman - suffered minor injuries and were taken to Faro hospital.