At least 28 killed on tourist bus near Caniço — Madeira crash

TRAGEDY Tourist bus crashes

At least nine people are reported to have died after a coach went off the road in a hotel district on the holiday island of Madeira.

Early reports peg the death count to include 17 women and 11 men, a lot of them German tourists.

"Several people were taken to Cruz de Carvalho hospital [current Central Hospital of Funchal] and some are being assisted at the site", said the mayor.

Located in the mid-Atlantic, off the coast of Africa, the Madeira archipelago is a popular tourist destination, with 1.5 million visits every year. Mayor Filipe Souza of Santa Cruz told reporters immediately following the accident, "There are dead but it is not clear how many". "I can not face the suffering of these people", Sousa told SIC TV. Local media report as many as 28 fatalities, and there are fears that number may rise.

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It's believed about 50 people were on the bus.

The coach reportedly overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend crashed onto the top of a house.

Mr Souza said: "I have no words to describe what happened".

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