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Tourist Bus Overturns in Caniço

This evening a tragic accident took place in Madeira.

The accident took place on the curve near the junction of Ponta da Oliveira Road and Rua Alberto Teixeira.  It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle carrying 55 tourists, mainly German, himself and a tour guide which plunged down a slope, killing at least, according to German newspaper Bild, 28 people on-board.  The scene was attended by nineteen emergency service crews.

On hearing the news the president of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque on behalf of the regional government has spoken of his sorrow and has offered his condolences to the relatives of the victims, assuring them that everything that can be done for the survivors will be done.

In his speech, he said that ‘the Regional Civil Protection Service has lead this very delicate operation, and that the emergency plan has already been activated at the Funchal Hospital.’ He continued by saying ‘In a time where words cannot express the desolation and sorrow that affects the whole region, all that can be done is to try to alleviate the suffering of those who have survived. That is what is being done.’ Concluding the president praised the efficiency and swift action of the emergency services and the fire brigade.

It has been confirmed that the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is flying to Madeira tonight to ascertain the situation, and will be flown in by the Portuguese Air Force.  However, this has been delayed so that the wounded can be airlifted to the mainland should the need arise.

Our thoughts are with all those involved in this tragic accident.

Samantha Gannon

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