President János Áder, in a letter to his German counterpart, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of victims in a bus accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has expressed condolences as well.
Twenty-nine people were killed and 27 injured when a bus carrying German tourists veered off the road and rolled down a hillside in Madeira on Wednesday evening. According to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the accident happened in the evening when the driver lost control of the bus at a junction and went off the road. An investigation into the crash has been launched with the bus company.
“I was shocked to hear the news of the tragic bus accident on the island of Madeira, which claimed the lives of many German citizens,”
Áder wrote in his letter to Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The president wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.
Speaking to public current affairs channel M1 on Thursday, Szijjártó voiced hope that those injured in the crash would recover quickly and that the death toll would not rise.
Referring to a bus crash that killed 16 Hungarians near Verona in 2017, Szijjártó said he knew the kind of pain such an accident could cause.
Twenty-nine people were killed and 27 injured when a bus carrying German tourists veered off the road and rolled down a hillside in Madeira on Wednesday evening.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed his sympathy on behalf of the Hungarian people to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over a bus accident that had happened in Madeira.
Orbán told Merkel in his letter that he was deeply shocked to learn about the tragic bus accident “which claimed the lives of a number of your compatriots”.
“We will pray for the quick recovery of those injured and for the families of the victims,” he added in the letter.