28 Dead After Tourist Bus In Madeira Overturns And Tumbles Off Road

A tourist bus has fallen off a road and overturned in Madeira, leaving 28 people dead and others injured.

The bus was carrying a group of German tourists, who were visiting the Portuguese island.

The country's national news agency, Lusa, confirmed the deaths, while German newspaper Bild has said the bus was carrying 50 passengers.

"I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people," Mayor Filipe Sousa told broadcaster SIC TV.

He added: "Several people were taken to Cruz de Carvalho hospital [current Central Hospital of Funchal] and some are being assisted at the site."

Sousa confirmed all tourists on board were German, but did not say whether or not the fatalities had occurred only within the vehicle.

The accident happened at 6.30pm near the town of Caniço, with Portuguese media showing that the tumbling bus had eventually stopped near a set of houses.

According to the BBC, the driver had lost control of the vehicle at a junction, and went off the hillside road.

More to follow.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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