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Many die as pilgrims' coach crashes in Portugal

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Many die as pilgrims' coach crashes in Portugal


A coach carrying pilgrims returning from a visit to the catholic shrine at Fatima has crashed into a ravine in Central Portugal, killing at least 13. Almost 200 firefighters were sent to the scene, where several of the victims were trapped in the wreckage. The emergency services say 24 people have been injured, four of them seriously.

Hundreds of relatives have already headed for the hospitals where the group, who are senior citizens from the town of Castelo Blanco, are being treated. Police believe the accident happened when the bus collided with a car on the A23 motorway. The car also plunged into the ravine.

Portugal is recognised as having one of the highest road death-tolls in Europe.

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