At least 28 people dead as tourist bus crashes off mountain road
At least 28 people have been killed after a coach crashed off of a road on the island of Madeira.
The vehicle was carrying 55 passengers and a guide when it crashed on a winding mountain road near the Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden hotel.
Pictures from the scene showed the vehicle on its side.
The alarm was raised around 6.30pm local time, with mayor Filipe Sousa confirming: There are dead but it is not clear how many.
A receptionist at the hotel confirmed the incident had happened very near to the hotel but said it did not involve any hotel guests.
The coasch had been on its way to Funchal when the incident took place.
Distressing video showed the walking wounded being helped away from the scene by emergency responders. Several survivors were sat by the side of the road.
Mr Sousa later confirmed 28 people had died – 11 men and 17 women.
All of the victims were German.
The coach, which belonged to a Madeiran firm, had reportedly been chartered by a travel firm on the holiday island called Travel One.