Twenty-eight people have died after a tourist bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, local media have reported.
The victims were mostly German, the mayor of Caniço, the coastal town where the accident happened, told SIC Television. “I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people,” Filipe Sousa said.
A battered white bus on its side surrounded by firefighters could be seen in photos published by Portuguese media, while SIC said there were 19 ambulances at the scene following the accident which, occurred around 6.30pm.
The coach was reportedly carrying 50 passengers, and the cause of the crash remains unknown with details only beginning to emerge from Madeira, which lies about 600 miles south-west of Portugal.
A UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are seeking information from the authorities in Portugal about a bus crash in Madeira, and are ready to support any British people who require assistance.”