Shocking video shows the moment a bus full of tourists rolls off hill


Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a bus carrying German tourists careened off a road and plunged down a hill on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

The grainy video, which was broadcast by local media, shows the bus leaving the road and flipping off its wheels before it continues to hurtle down the steep hill.

The crash, which killed at least 29 people and injured another 28, occurred on Wednesday night local time on the island off the coast of northwest Africa.

Rescue officials attend the scene after a tour bus crashed in Canico on Portugal’s Madeira Island on Wednesday, April 17. Source: AP

The island is a popular holiday destination for mainland Europeans. Most of those killed were German nationals aged between 50 and 70.

Portuguese authorities have announced there will be an official inquiry into the fatal incident, with mechanical failure being investigated as a possible cause.

At least 29 holidaymakers were killed when the bus they were travelling in ran off the road and down a steep hill. Source: AP

Regional authorities declared three days of mourning for the victims, starting from Thursday.

The mayor of Canico, the coastal town near where the crash occurred, told reporters: “I have no words to describe what happened.

“I cannot face the suffering of these people.”

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