British woman killed after being hit by train in Algarve tourist hotspot

A British tourist has died after being struck by a train near an Algarve resort in Portugal.

The woman, said to be aged around 60 and believed to be on holiday in the area, was killed instantly.

The alert was sounded just after 10.15am today after she was struck by the train near Lagos’ famous Meia-Praia beach, the longest in the area and popular with locals as well as visitors.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were sent to the scene but could do nothing to save her.

The incident led to the temporary suspension of services between Lagos and the neighbouring resort of Portimao.

The train that hit the unnamed woman was heading from Portimao to Lagos.

Authorities did not provide any immediate explanation for the incident.

Although the railway line is fenced off, there are a number of vehicle and pedestrian-only crossing points along the stretch of line where the incident happened.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with local authorities and providing support to the family of a British woman killed in Portugal.”

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