At least 28 people are reported to have died after a coach went off the road in a hotel district on the holiday island of Madeira.
Filipe Sousa, the mayor of Santa Cruz where the crash took place, 11 men and 17 women, died in the crash – the majority of whom were German nationals.
Around 50 people are thought to have been travelling on the coach at the time of the incident.
At least fourteen ambulances are said to be at the scene, next to Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden.
Local reports said the driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend, careered off the road and crashed onto the top of a house. Emergency services were first contacted at around 6.30pm local time.
Mayor Sousa had earlier confirmed: ‘There are dead but it is not clear how many.’
A receptionist at Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden, a hotel near the crash site, confirmed the incident had happened very near to the hotel but said it did not involve any hotel guests.
Distressing video showed the walking wounded being helped away from the scene by emergency responders. Several survivors were sat by the side of the road.
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