More than 29 die after tourist bus crashes in Madeira

A bus carrying German tourists crashed in the popular tourist archipelago of Madeira killing at least 29 people on Wednesday.

The bus carrying 55 people rolled down a steep hillside after veering off the road on a bend in Canico, the coastal town’s mayor, Filipe Sousa, told reporters. The crash injured at least 22 more.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her condolences for the victims of the crash. “It’s with sadness and dismay that I think of our compatriots and all the other people who were affected by the terrible bus accident on Madeira,” Merkel said in a statement shared on Twitter by her spokesman.

Merkel thanked local emergency workers and doctors and said Germany’s Foreign Ministry was working with local officials to support those affected and work out the cause of the accident.

She wished those injured a swift recovery from the physical and psychological injuries.

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