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

At least 28 dead in bus crash on Portugal's Madeira island

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. The number of injured or wounded people is not known, but several local media sites have mentioned the high number of ambulances in the area of Santa Cruz, where the crash took place.

Videos from the scene show the wreckage of the white bus on a roadside slope, with rescue crews trying to extract the passengers.

"I have no words to describe what happened".

Local reports said the driver had lost control of the vehicle on a bend, careered off the road and crashed onto the top of a house.

Canico Mayor Filipe Sousa told media outlets that 17 women and 11 men were killed when the bus rolled down a steep hillside after veering off a highway east of the capital, Funchal.

Sousa confirmed all tourists on board were German, but did not say whether or not the fatalities had occurred only within the vehicle.

The accident happened at 6:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday on a road in Caniço on the eastern part of the island.

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