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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.

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Local tv images after a tourist bus has plunged off a road and overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira leaving 28 people dead and others injured. The deaths were confirmed by Lusa, the national news agency. German newspaper Bild said nine German tourists were among those who died in the accident near Cani?o. The coach was said to be carrying 50 passengers. Details are sketchy but Portuguese media showed an overturned bus surrounded by firefighters. The cause of the crash is not known, nor are the nationalities of all those on board. The accident happened at 18:30 (18:30 BST) when the driver lost control of the bus at a junction and went off the road, reports said. Picture: Cm Jornal/Universal News And sport (Europe) 17/04/2019

Pictures from the scene showed the vehicle on its side (Picture: Universal News)

epa07512749 Emergency services inspect the scene of a tourist bus crash in Canico, Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal, 17 April 2019. According the Civil Protection of Madeira, several people died in the accident. EPA/HOMEM GOUVEIA

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 (Picture: EPA)

The alarm was raised around 6.30pm local time, with mayor Filipe Sousa confirming: There are dead but it is not clear how many.

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A receptionist at the hotel confirmed the incident had happened very near to the hotel but said it did not involve any hotel guests.

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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.

epa07512747 Emergency services inspect the scene of a tourist bus crash in Canico, Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal, 17 April 2019. According the Civil Protection of Madeira, several people died in the accident. EPA/HOMEM GOUVEIA

The alarm was raised around 6.30pm local time, with mayor Filipe Sousa confirming: There are dead but it is not clear how many (Picture: EPA)

Madeira bus crash: 'Several dead' and more injured in road smash

Several people have died

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.

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