On the Portuguese island of Madeira is Wednesday, a bus with tourists crashed. According to the news agency Lusa fell in addition at least 28 dead and 22 wounded. The victims were Germans.
The bus hit around half past seven local time (half past eight Belgian time) of the road in the coastal town of Caniço, a suburb of Santa Cruz, and ended up meters down on a house. According to local media lost the driver control over the steering in a bend.
There would be 57 people in the bus have been: 55 tourists, a tour guide and the driver. Local media spoke initially of at least nine dead, but it turned out that there were many more. “There is at present of 28 victims,” says Filipe Sousa, the mayor of Santa Cruz, against the Portuguese news agency Lusa. “There are no words for pain to describe.’
It was going to be seventeen women and eleven men. Their nationality is not yet a certainty. According to the mayor of Santa Cruz had all the tourists in the bus the German nationality.
‘No information about affected Belgians’
The driver and the travel guide, would the crash have survived. Together with other wounded, they were transported to the hospital of Funchal, capital of Madeira, west of Caniço.De president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is traveling Wednesday night to Funchal. From there he will take the situation to follow.
The ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels has currently no information about any Belgian stakeholders. The embassy in Lisbon will follow the developments, ” says a spokesman.