Dozens dead in tourist bus crash in Portugal

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At least 28 people were reported killed and others injured after a tourist bus overturned in a coastal town on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday.

Filipe Sousa, the mayor of Canico where the accident happened, told the Lusa news agency that most of the tourists on board were German.

“I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people,” Sousa told Portugese television station SIC TV.

German newspaper Bild reported that nine German tourists were among the dead.

Sousa says the bus carrying 55 people rolled down a steep hillside Wednesday after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal.

Local television shows bodies scattered over the rural hillside next to the Atlantic Ocean.

Residents say the weather was fine at the time of the accident, which happened in daylight at about 6:30 p.m. local time.

Images on Portuguese media showing an overturned white bus surrounded by firefighters. SIC television said there were 19 ambulances at the scene.

Global Affairs Canada says it is looking into whether any Canadians were involved. 

This story originally appeared on CBC

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