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Coach crashes in Portugal, killing at least 29: NPR



Rescue workers help a person who was in a coach that crashed Wednesday in Caniço, a coastal town on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

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Rescue workers help a person who was in a coach that crashed Wednesday in Caniço, a coastal town on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Rui Silva / AP

A coach crashed in Portugal, killing at least 29 people and injuring dozens.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening on the island of Madeira, a resort known as the Pearl of the Atlantic. The bus drove off a winding road in the coastal town of Caniço and then stumbled down a hill. Many of the victims are German citizens whose identities have not yet been published.

By Thursday morning, nine people injured in the crash were released from a local hospital, according to Lusa News Agency care.

A Portuguese man and a Portuguese woman are among those injured, Tomasia Alves, head of Funchal Hospital, told reporters Thursday.

Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, announced that on Thursday he will fly to Madeira with doctors, psychologists and consular officials. He planned to talk to people who were affected by the crash. The office had also set up a family hotline.

Photographs of the scene show rescue vehicles parked near the destroyed vehicle and rescue work helping injured passengers on the green hill.

50 years old.

"I think with sadness and consternation to our compatriots and all other people who were affected by the terrible bus accident on Madeira," said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a statement ] on Twitter by speaker Steffen Seibert.

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa expressed regret to the families and said that he delivered condolences to Merkel. Pedro Calado, vice president of the regional government of the island, told reporters that the bus was five years old after AP and passed inspections.

The company that owns the vehicle, Madeira Automobile Society, reportedly said its "deep commitment" "uncovering the" facts, causes and responsibilities "that led to the deadly bus ride.


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