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29 German tourists die in bus accident in Madeira

In a bus accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira came on Wednesday, at least 29 people were killed. In all deaths it is according to the President of Portugal, Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to German. "I Express in this tragic Moment, the pain and the solidarity of all the Portuguese", said the head of state on Wednesday evening, the Portuguese broadcaster RTP. He was told that all of the victims were German.

According to the mayor of Santa Cruz, Filipe Sousa, were 11 men and 17 women killed in the accident. The regional civil protection, confirmed this information. Another Person later succumbed in the hospital for his injuries.

control via the Bus is lost

The news Agency Lusa reported from a total of 51 passengers on Board. 22 of them had been severely injured and either treated or admitted to a hospital in the capital, Funchal. "My God, I'm speechless," said Sousa. The accident occurred in the local civil protection, counter-18.30 local time in the East of Funchal to the nearby municipality of Caniço.

The driver had apparently lost control at a corner on the Bus that crashed then down a slope in a residential neighborhood. To pictures was to see how the white coach completely destroyed on the side and partially on a red tile roof. The bus driver and the tour guide – both of which the Portuguese would have survived injured, according to the mayor.

"a Moment of pain, but also of solidarity"

Two dozen rescue were in action, the police sealed off the scene of the incident widely. On Videos was to see how the helper of the wounded have been brought. In the Background sirens of ambulances were heard.

"With great shock we learned of the tragic bus accident on the island of Madeira. Unfortunately we have to assume that victims from Germany," tweeted the German Ministry of foreign Affairs in the late evening. "Our sympathy goes out to their families and friends."

government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted: "Dreadful news reaching us from Madeira. Our profound grief goes out to all those who have lost in the crashed Bus, your life, our thoughts are with the injured." Concerned citizens can turn to the information provided by the German government under the number 030-50003000 (correct number) to the Foreign office.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa initially wanted to travel in the evening to Madeira to make a picture of the situation. However, the military would have used planes to bring wounded to the mainland, it was called. Sousa had cancelled the trip, therefore, first of all, again, as media reported. "This is a Moment of pain, but also of solidarity," the President said to the news channel SIC Noticias.

Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa, condolences, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He was dismayed, and the Chancellor submit "in this difficult hour," his Regret, tweeted Costa in the evening.

Because of the mild climate is popular, the Atlantic island throughout the year with tourists.

(nlu/fal/sda/afp)

Created: 17.04.2019, 23:58 PM

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