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The Latest: Merkel: "Sadness and shock" about Madeira's death



The Latest About the Deadly Bus Crash on the Portuguese Island of Madeira (Local):

10 am

Chancellor Angela Merkel Expresses "Sadness and Shock" Over the Bus In An Accident Many of her countrymen died on Portugal's island of Madeira.

In a statement on Thursday, Merkel expressed "sincere condolences to all families who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy."

At least 29 people were killed when a bus pulled off the road and slipped down a mountain on Wednesday. Most are reportedly German tourists.

Merkel hopes that the injured and their relatives will be able to recover from the physical and mental injuries, and thanks the Portuguese forces "who worked in the accident site under difficult circumstances

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said:" We have to get away assume that many Germans are among the victims. "

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8:20 am

A German pastor working on Madeira praises the physicians She took care of the survivors of the bus accident on the Portuguese island, [2959003] Ilse Everlien Berardo told German TV station n-tv on Thursday that the survivors are "very quiet." Of course, they are in a state of shock. "

The bus with 55 people, Many of them vacationers from Germany, rolled down a steep slope on Wednesday, having turned off the road in a curve east of the capital, Funchal and hit at least one house.

Berardo said that "The nurses and doctors were very touching in dealing with people."

Berardo said she spoke with a woman who believed she had lost her partner, adding, "What I can do is to hold their hands and show them that they are not alone. "


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