Seven Dutch still in hospital after "too fast" bus crashed
The bus driver was driving to fast, several of the passengers involved in the bus accident in Portugal on Wednesday night claim, according to the AD. Three people were killed in the accident and 26 were wounded. Seven of the injured passengers are still in the hospital, three of them are in serious condition.
That is according to information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and alarm central SOS International, NOS reports. The wounded Dutch tourists are in hospitals throughout the Algarve, including in Faro and Portimao. Dutch Ambassador John Govert Bijl de Vroe visited some of the victims in Faro. Two of the three deceased victims' identities have since been confirmed.
Shortly after the accident there were reports that the bus driver had become ill and lost control of the bus. According to the AD, the Dutch tourists who were on the bus now say that that was not the case - the bus driver was speeding and busy with other things. The bus driver was one of those wounded in the accident.
"Good friends of mine sat in the fourth row. They woke up when a woman screamed at the driver that he should stay on the road. A moment later it was done", Koen Blok said to the newspaper from the Netherlands after speaking to his friends. Another passenger, Monica, told Portuguese media that "everything happened so fast". "Maybe the driver was driving too fast." - a sentiment shared by several other passengers.
Travel agency TUI told NOS that most of the passengers on the bus have decided to remain in Portugal for the time being. Only 4 people flew back to the Netherlands on Thursday night.