At least 28 German tourists killed in Madeira bus accident
At least 28 people, all of them German tourists, died and 22 more were injured in a bus accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, authorities said.
The white bus overturned in a residential area in the coastal town of Canico, its mayor, Filipe Sousa, told reporters. TV images showed the vehicle on its side on a bank next to a narrow road and surrounded by rescuers.
"I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people," Sousa told SIC TV.
He said the tourists in the bus were all German but some pedestrians might have been hit by the bus.
Other members of the same group of German tourists were traveling in another bus, which was not involved in the accident, a regional civil protection spokesman told a news conference.
Madeira is a popular tourist destination. The peak season is during the summer but it also gets many visitors during Easter.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa sent a message of condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.