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28 killed in bus crash on Portuguese island

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
World,
Publish Date
Thursday, 18 April 2019, 8:04AM
The bus is believed to have careered off a road on a bend and crashed down a hill on to a house. Photo / Twitter
The bus is believed to have careered off a road on a bend and crashed down a hill on to a house. Photo / Twitter

A bus crash on the holiday island of Madeira is believed to have killed 28 tourists.

Filipe Sousa, the mayor of Santa Cruz where the crash took place, said 11 men and 17 women died in the crash - the majority of whom were German nationals.

Local media reports suggest the coach was heading to Funchal, the island's capital, and was carrying 55 passengers and a guide when it careered off the road.

First responders at the scene of the tourist bus crash on the Portuegese island of Madeira.
First responders at the scene of the tourist bus crash on the Portuegese island of Madeira.

The coach reportedly overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend crashed onto the top of a house. Emergency services were first contacted at around 6.30pm local time.

Distressing video showed the walking wounded being helped away from the scene by emergency responders. Several survivors were sat by the side of the road.

Portuguese president Marcelo Sousa is reportedly heading to Madeira on a Portuguese Air Force plane.

Madeira, a Portuguese island, is a popular holiday destination.



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