Filipe Sousa, Santa Cruz mayor, said 28 people, 17 women, and 11 men had died when a coach bus went off the road it was traveling on located at the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Fifty people were said to have been on the bus when the accident happened.
Fourteen ambulances arrived at the scene which near the Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden.
Eyewitnesses said the driver of the bus lost control as he went around a bend. The bus went off the road it was driving on and crashed onto the top of a local home. An alarm sounded about the bus accident as 6:30 pm local time.
Before receiving updates regarding the accident, Mayor Sousa confirmed that people had died in the bus accident, but he did not know how many.
Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden’s receptionist confirmed the accident did happen close to the hotel, and no hotel guests were involved in the crash.
Video of the crash showed people who were injured walking away from the bus and being helped by emergency responders. Some of the victims sat by the road.
Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was informed of the accident and immediately made plans to travel to the accident scene.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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