Ten people, including one child, were mowed down by a car on Saturday night while leaving the Centro Paroquial de Loulé after attending Mass.

The driver of the car, a 42-year-old woman, claimed to have “lost control” of the vehicle when she was trying to leave a parking space and slammed on the accelerator instead of the brakes.

“I heard a loud acceleration and then screams. I went outside and saw people laying on the ground,” a local resident told Correio da Manhã tabloid. “One of the victims was under the car.”