Germany moves to aid Portugal bus crash victims
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Germany’s foreign minister says he will fly to Portugal’s island of Madeira with a team of doctors, psychologists and consular officials to assist those affected by the deadly crash of a tour bus carrying mostly Germany tourists yesterday.
Heiko Maas said in a statement today that it is still unclear how many German citizens were among the 29 killed and dozens injured in the crash.
Maas said the German ambassador in Lisbon has already arrived in Madeira and diplomats are “working hard together with local officials” to get clarity about the circumstances of the crash.
He said a crisis management team has been set up in Berlin and on Madeira, and a hotline is available for concerned relatives.
A hospital official on Portugal’s Madeira Island said authorities expect to identify the victims by Saturday.
Tomasia Alves, head of the Funchal hospital, told a news conference today that of the 28 people injured in the accident, nine have been discharged from hospital. She says two of the injured are a Portuguese man and woman but provided no further details.-AP