All 29 people Wednesday night killed in an accident with a coach on the Portuguese island of Madeira were German tourists, local authorities announced on Thursday. Madeira has three days of mourning was declared.
The German ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Wednesday night all the news coverage in the local media, which had previously been reported that most of the victims are German.
Among the fatalities are eleven men and eighteen women. Most of them were between forty and sixty years old, reports news agency AFP on the basis of the authorities.
Four people are in critical condition in the hospital, made the head of the hospital in Funchal Thursday announced during a press conference. Others with more head, abdominal and borstletsel are treated in hospital. Two of them are Portuguese, the rest has a different nationality.
A few people were after the accident in a state of shock. Also were some of them covered in blood. In total, there were 55 people in the bus.
German minister will fly to Madeira
The German minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, will fly Thursday to Madeira for the survivors of a heart under the belt to sting. Travel on a team with doctors, psychologists and other experts from Germany.
The German chancellor Angela Merkel and the Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa have their expressed sympathy to the victims and the survivors. The countries maintained contact, and say to be ready to offer help.
Emergency responders carry a victim fatal accident Madeira road
Bus rolled down mountainside
The coach hit Wednesday night at around 19.30 hrs for unclear reasons of the road. Then rolled the bus on a mountainside and came to the vehicle on its side against a house.
According to the local authorities it is still too early to do something about the cause of the accident to say. It is known that the bus only five years old and recently inspected. Prosecutors have opened an investigation.
The tourists were with the coach from their hotel on the way to the city of Funchal. They were part of a larger group of holidaymakers. A part of that group was with a different bus on a trip.
The accident happened near the village of Caniço, in the southeast of the island of Madeira, which is about 875 miles from the Portuguese mainland and in the Atlantic Ocean.
A rescuer helps a woman in the bus was up the slope. (Photo: AFP)
The bus arrived at a house to rest. (Photo: AFP)
The havoc is great. (Photo: AFP)