At least 28 dead after bus crashes into house

The driver is said to have lost control of the vehicle on a bend in Canixo, according to local media

At least 28 people are reported to have died and more have been injured after a coach carrying 57 passengers crashed on the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira.

The coach is understood to have been full of German tourists when it careered off the road and smashed onto the top of a house this afternoon.

Local reports say the driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend, other suggestions claim the brakes may have failed.

Filipe Sousa, mayor of Santa Cruz is reported to have told local media that 28 people have died. The casualties have been described as 11 men and 17 women.

Pictures from the scene show the vehicle on its side. Video also shows people being carried away on stretchers by firefighters.

It is understood passengers are still being removed from the coach.

The incident happened near a botanical garden in the hotel district in Canixo, a quiet coastal community in the south-east of Madeira known as Canixo de Baixo.

At least 14 ambulances are said to be at the scene, near the Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden hotel.

A massive cordon has been set up, while shocked locals have gathered nearby.

Portuguese media are saying there are “several dead” although it is not immediately clear if the casualties are foreign tourists on the coach or were in the house.

A receptionist at Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden, which is a hotel set in a large expense of landscaped botanical gardens, confirmed the incident had happened very near to the hotel but said it did not involve any 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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