They remove the sinister bus that killed 29 German tourists in Madeira

Civil Protection Teams, supported by firefighters and by the Police, withdrew in the early hours of today the bus that suffered an accident on Wednesday in the island of Madeira and left at least 29 fatalities, all of them German tourists.

The bus, which belonged to the Madeira Automobile Society and was in the service of a tourist agency, was removed at about 3am, after all the bodies had been transported for identification.

The victims were part of a group of German tourists who were staying at the Quinta Espléndida hotel, located in the town of Caniço, a few meters from where the accident occurred.

The Prosecutor's Office investigates the circumstances of the incident, although local media cite witnesses who point to a possible problem in the brakes that would have caused the bus in which the tourists traveled to leave the road and rush into a house.

Most of the victims, 28, died at the scene of the accident, while the last one, a woman, died while in intensive care at the Funchal Hospital.

The accident also caused 27 injuries, two Portuguese - the driver of the bus and the tourist guide - and the rest Germans, of different consideration.

According to the last medical report, offered last night, 23 are under observation, two in the intensive care unit and two others were discharged.

The hospital plans to offer a new medical part at 10.00 local time (9.00 GMT).

The bus left a bend in a regional road and overturned, to fall on a house in the municipality of Santa Cruz, near Funchal, the capital of the island, where the authorities continue with investigations into the circumstances of the accident.

Next to the injured bus was another bus, also tourist, whose occupants are receiving psychological attention, since they included friends and relatives of the victims.

Translators have also been made available to those affected to facilitate communications and a support center has been installed in the hotel where they were staying.


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