In this image from video, emergency services attend the scene after a tour bus crashed at Canico, on Portugal's Madeira Island, Wednesday April 17, 2019. Some 28 people are reported to have died in the crash, most of them German tourists, local mayor Filipe Sousa told TV news. (TVI via AP)

The Latest: Bus pulled out from deadly crash site on Madeira

April 18, 2019 - 4:42 am

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on the deadly bus crash on Portuguese island of Madeira (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

Authorities on Portugal's Madeira Island have removed a tour bus from the hillside where it crashed, killing 29 people and injuring 28, many of them German tourists.

Local media report that rescue services used two cranes early Thursday to pull out the bus, which was carrying 55 people when it went off the road and rolled down a hill.

The wall of a house, which appeared to halt the bus's fall Wednesday evening, was smashed in. Parts of the bus, including seats, and items of clothing litter the hillside.

The tourists reportedly were staying at the Quinta Splendida, a hotel set in a botanical garden, with rooms in a restored 19th-century manor house.

Portuguese authorities have not yet identified the victims by name or nationality.


8 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing "sadness and shock" over the bus crash that killed many of her compatriots on Portugal's Madeira island.

In a statement Thursday, Merkel voiced "sincere sympathy for all of the families who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy."

At least 29 people were killed when a bus veered off the road and toppled down a hill Wednesday. Most are reported to be German tourists.

Merkel said she hoped those injured and their relatives would be able to recover from the physical and psychological injuries, and thanked Portuguese emergency responders "who were working under difficult circumstances at the site of the crash."

Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas said "we must assume that there are many Germans among the victims."


8:20 a.m.

A German pastor working on Madeira is praising the medics who cared for the survivors of the bus crash on the Portuguese island that killed 29 people.

Ilse Everlien Berardo told German broadcaster n-tv Thursday the survivors she spoke to were "very calm. Of course, they were in a state of shock."

The bus carrying 55 people, many of them vacationers from Germany, rolled down a steep hillside Wednesday after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal, striking at least one house.

Berardo said the "the nurses and doctors were really touching in the way they dealt with the people."

Berardo said she spoke to one woman who thought she might have lost her partner, adding. "what I can do is hold their hand and show them they're not alone."

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