At least 28 people have been killed in a bus crash on the Portuguese island of Madeira, according to local media reports.
Filipe Sousa, the mayor of Santa Cruz, told broadcaster RTP3 that 17 women and 11 men were killed in Wednesday’s accident.
Several others were wounded after the vehicle overturned near the town of Canico, Portugal’s TSF radio station and SIC television channel reported.
The bus was reported to be carrying tourists, including many from Germany.
The cause of the crash, which happened in daylight in the early evening, was not immediately clear.
Images on Portuguese media showed an overturned white bus surrounded by firefighters. SIC television said there were 19 ambulances at the scene.
“I have no words to describe what happened. I cannot face the suffering of these people,” Sousa told SIC television.
Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said he would travel to Madeira overnight.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies