Twenty-eight dead after tourists' bus goes off road
Twenty-eight people are reported to have died after a coach went off the road in a hotel district on the holiday island of Madeira yesterday.
Filipe Sousa, mayor of Santa Cruz, said 17 women and 11 men were killed.
"I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people," Mr Sousa said, adding that all the tourists on the bus were thought to be German.
German media was also reporting the majority of victims to be German, although no nationalities had yet been confirmed. The coach was described locally as a tourist vehicle.
The accident happened on a hillside near a garden complex in Caniço, in the south-east of Madeira. At least 14 ambulances were said to be at the scene.
Local reports claim that the driver had lost control of the vehicle on a bend, careered off the road and crashed into the roof of a house below.
Video footage showed the walking wounded being helped away from the scene by emergency responders. Several survivors were sitting by the side of the road.
Pictures from the scene showed the vehicle on its side.
The coach was heading to Funchal and was carrying 55 passengers and a guide.
Marcelo Sousa, the Portuguese president, was last night heading to Madeira on a Portuguese Air Force plane. (© Daily Telegraph London)