Truck falls from a height of more than 20 meters on the D. Luís bridge between Santarém and Almeirim

A heavy goods vehicle fell this Thursday night, November 25, from a height of more than 20 meters, on Ponte D. Luís, near Tapada (Almeirim), causing very serious injuries to the driver, who, despite the entire apparatus, survived the fall.

The lorry, which was transporting fruit and vegetables and coming from the wholesale market in Santarém, fell after having lost its way and collided with two passenger cars, with one of the drivers of those vehicles suffering light injuries and being assisted on the spot. One of the light ones was close to falling, having been leaning against the bridge’s guardrails.

The truck driver, who was heading towards Santarém – Almeirim and fell on his wheels in the air, is a 75-year-old agricultural entrepreneur, owner of a fruit and vegetable company in Tapada.

According to the Regional Network, despite the seriousness of the injuries, the man was always conscious and, after being stabilized on the spot for over an hour and a half, he was transported to Hospital de São José, in Lisbon, at around 23:10.

The accident caused several residents of Tapada, including some family members of the truck driver, to go to the place where the vehicle crashed, in an area where the corn had already been harvested.

The alert was given at 9:35 pm, having been sent to the site 25 operatives of the Voluntary Firefighters of Almeirim and Sapadores de Santarém, as well as the Emergency Medical Vehicle and Resuscitation (VMER) of the Hospital de Santarém and GNR, supported by 10 vehicles.

Traffic was cut off at Ponte D. Luís for some time to assist the injured and clean the lane, but it has now been reopened.

The GNR took care of the occurrence and is trying to determine the causes of the accident.

This is the second serious accident in Tapada in less than a week. On Sunday 21 September, two young people, aged 13 and 15, were injured in a critical condition following an accident on the EN 114, less than a kilometer away. The 13-year-old would eventually die.

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