The bus hit on a slope off the road and ended up on a house. According to initial reports, there were 55 German tourists, together with a Portuguese tour guide and driver in the bus, the last two survived the accident. Together with the other wounded, they were transported to the hospital of Funchal, the capital of Madeira, not far west of Caniço.Read also the Belgians arrested after discovery of 300 kilos of cocaine on a cruise from Brazil to Europe
In the first instance, mention was made of the 28 dead, but later it became known that one of the wounded later died of his injuries. Reports that the Portuguese public broadcaster RTP, on the basis of the mayor of the municipality of Santa Cruz, Filipe Sousa. “I have no words to describe what happened. I can the suffering of these people do not respect”, responded to Sousa to the local station SIC.
According to Sousa were in the accident also residents of Madeira affected, as possible, when the bus on their property ended up. It is not clear whether those people also effectively died in the accident.
Other members of the same group of German tourists were in a second bus, which was not involved in the accident, was a spokesman of the civil protection announced at a press conference.
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