Tourist bus crash in Madeira kills 28

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Twenty-eight people were killed on Wednesday after a bus carrying German tourists veered off the road and overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, local officials said. Twenty-eight other people were injured, at least two of them seriously, Pedro Calado, vice-president of Madeira’s regional government, told reporters. Portuguese media said the local driver and guide were among the injured, but neither the names nor the nationalities of the victims have been officially disclosed.

The accident happened at about 18:30 local time (17:30 GMT) near the coastal town of Caniço about 12 kms east of Funchal, the island capital, said Filipe Sousa, mayor of the local municipality of Santa Cruz. Local media reports said the bus was carrying 55 German tourists when it came off the road at a junction, plunged down a bank and came to rest on its side near houses.

The bus had left the nearby Quinta Splendida Wellness and Botanical Centre shortly before and was taking the tourists for an evening visit to Funchal, the reports said. António Costa, Portugal’s prime minister, expressed his deepest condolences to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.

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