Two die as car ploughs into candle procession
A car last night crashed into a procession with candles in honour of Our Lady Fatima in the parish of Quatro Ribeiras on Terceira Island in the Azores, leaving two dead and four seriously injured. The youngest victim is aged 16 , with the dead being women aged 68 and 84.
The police are investigating the circumstances of the accident but have already announced that tests on the 32 year-old driver did not reveal alcohol or narcotics. The accident happened at 20.30 local time (Lisbon + 1hr)
Reports say that nine wounded patients were taken to Santo Espirito hospital on Terceira Island, and four were admitted to the Praia da Vitória health centre in Angra do Heroísmo. There appear to have been eight female and five male injured in the accident, “most of them older than 40”.
Thanks to Peter for alerting the blog to this tragic event.
Later reports from Terceira confirmed a total of 15 casualties, including the two fatalities.
Press Agency Lusa have spoken to the local parish priest and their account is below:
Father Carlos Cabral said that the procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima was arriving at the church of Quatro Ribeiras on Terceira Island when it was hit by a vehicle “unexpectedly”.
“We were coming to the church when, unexpectedly, a red van appeared that hit a group of people who were going to accompany the Our Lady of Fatima. In that strong crash, two ladies died immediately, “he told Lusa news agency.
Father Carlos Cabral explained that a man who was at his side in the procession of candles, which had about fifty people, ended up suffering injuries.
“A lord was by my side and was caught by the brutal shock of the van and fell. He was injured, but it was a slight thing. I was unhurt because I was coming to the ride, “he said, referring to seeing the driver with his hands on his head after the accident.
The procession, which took place on Tuesday, was scheduled for May 13, but was delayed for the next day.
“Every year, on May 13, the parish of Quatro Ribeiras, in Praia da Vitória, meets on that day, at 8:30 p.m., to process it in honour of Our Lady of Fatima. The procession was to have been on the 13th, but since it had a religious service in another parish, the procession was postponed until today [Tuesday], “said the priest.
By coincidence there is a video on Youtube with footage from Quatro Ribeiras almost exactly one year ago: