Maintenance work on the A6 motorway in the Évora area when the accident involving the car carrying the Minister of Internal Affairs, on June 18, were flagged, said a Brisa source this Tuesday.
Contacted by the Lusa agency, the source at the motorway concessionaire said that “the signage for the cleaning work carried out on the right side of the A6 was being carried out by ArquiJardim”, the company responsible for carrying out this intervention.
The same source from Brisa also added that the signage was “in accordance with the appropriate safety procedures for this type of intervention”.
Fonte da Brisa had already informed SIC that the work on the A6, on the day and at the location of the accident involving the vehicle of Minister Eduardo Cabrita, which caused the death of a worker, was duly signalled.
These clarifications by the concessionaire of the motorway differ from the explanations given by the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI), in a statement on the 19th, which stated that there was no signage at the site.
In this communiqué, the MAI clarified that there was no signage to alert drivers of “cleaning work in progress” on the A6 when the minister’s vehicle fatally ran over a worker.
According to the ministry overseen by Eduardo Cabrita, the vehicle “did not suffer any run-off” and “it circulated on the carriageway, from which it never left, when the worker crosses it”.
The worker crossed the carriageway, close to the central separator, despite the ongoing cleaning work being carried out on the side of the highway”, referred the same statement.
The accident on this highway, which connects Marateca to the Caia border, in Elvas (District of Portalegre), occurred “around 13:00”, at kilometer 77, in the Évora municipality, in the direction of Évora – Lisbon, according to the report at the time the GNR.
The fatal victim, a worker from a company that carried out road maintenance work, “was assisted”, but “ended up dying on the spot”, said to Lusa, on that day, the District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) of Évora.
The Public Ministry (MP) opened an inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the worker’s death, “as always happens in this type of situation”, that is, in road accidents with deaths, according to a source from the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).
The National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) also opened an internal inquiry into the circumstances in which assistance was provided in the accident.
According to the MAI, the accident is under investigation by the GNR’s Traffic Accident Criminal Investigation Nucleus (NICAV) of Évora.