29 people, most of them tourists from Germany, died after a bus overturned when it veered off the road on the island of Madeira, Portugal. Additional 27 people were injured. The Portuguese driver and guide both reportedly survived the crash. The death count may not yet be final.
The cause of the accident is unknown. Portuguese police are said to be investigating. One of the dead was a local who was walking on the road just bellow when the bus overturned and crushed him to death.
The incident happened on April 17, 2019. A survivor told a local reporter that the driver tried to stop the bus by “kissing” the side walls of the hotel Quinta Splendida due to an apparent brakes failure. He failed so the bus turned over on the curve, fell rolling 360 and finally stopped on the roof of a house below.
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