The National Civil Protection Authority
advises that the bus, owned by a Badajoz, Spain bus company, was carrying passengers on a tour between Badajoz and Santa Maria da Feira, when it apparently deviated from the road at around 8:45 am GMT. The condition of the victims and the exact circumstances of the accident are not yet known.
15 of the injured have been transferred to hospitals in Coimbra and Castelo Branco, and a field hospital has been set up to evaluate the victims.
250 firefighters remain at the scene, endeavoring to rescue victims who are still trapped inside the vehicle. 88 emergency vehicles and a helicopter are assisting in rescue operations.
have requested the help of cranes in the operation, and local police have installed a security device on the highway to help ambulances arrive at the scene of the accident.