Caniço coach crash driver to be charged

29 deaths to be attributed to the coach driver

Caniço coach crash driver to be charged 1All local media report today that the driver at the wheel of the coach that crashed in Caniço on 17th April this year is to be held responsible for the dreadful accident and charged with negligent homicide.

The media report that the  Public Prosecutor has called for the trial in court of the driver of the Caniço tour bus for 29 negligent homicide crimes according to a statement published this afternoon on the website of the District Attorney General of Lisbon. As the Diario revealed on November 30 the technical experts did not detect any defects on the coach, and the prosecutor has decided to hold the driver responsible for the accident.

The note from the Attorney General’s office describes that on 17 April 2019, at 6.30 pm, a traffic accident occurred on Estrada da Ponta da Oliveira, in the Parish of Caniço, Santa Cruz, Madeira, involving a bus that was providing transport for German tourists, 29 of whom were killed and 27 injured. In their investigation, the causes of the incident were researched, directed by the Public Prosecution Service magistrate in Madeira with the cooperation of the PSP (Security Police), which preserved the crime scene and the damaged vehicle, effectively collecting the evidence left there by the occurrence of the accident. There was also the collaboration of the PJ (Judicial Police) and the Institute of Forensic Medicine, which proceeded to identify the corpses and perform the medical-legal autopsies “with speed and efficiency”.

Below is the full order of the Attorney General’s Office:

“The Public Prosecution Service requested the trial in a collective court of one defendant for the practice of 29 negligent homicide crimes and 3 negligent physical integrity offenses, because, on April 17, 2019, at 6.30 pm, a car accident on the Ponta da Oliveira road, Caniço, Santa Cruz municipality, Madeira, with a bus carrying tourists of German nationality, which killed 29 people and injured 27.
In the investigation they investigated the cause of the incident, the investigation was directed by the Public Prosecutor of the 2nd section of the Madeira DIAP and had the prompt collaboration of the PSP, which preserved the crime scene and the damaged vehicle, effectively collecting evidence on the spot. left there by the occurrence of the accident.
The following were also collaborated: – The PJ and the Institute of Forensic Medicine, which proceeded to identify the corpses and perform the medical-legal autopsies quickly and effectively; – From the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP / INDEGI) that performed the bus expertise in a timely manner; – The judicial authorities of the Federal Republic of Germany (as well as its embassy in Lisbon) in the swift inquiry into the future memory of the victims residing in that country, under the European Investigation Order and EUROJUST, which effectively facilitated the proper articulation between the Public Prosecutor, Criminal Investigation Judge, and the German Judicial Authorities. “

4 thoughts on “Caniço coach crash driver to be charged”

    • With the number of passengers thrown out of the bus it’s clear few if any were wearing sear belts.. legal requirement or not. From my own experience of travelling on holiday type coaches, most people don’t wear them..despite wearing belts on the plane with no issue. Drivers and holiday reps need to ensure passengers are belted but they don’t appear to care.

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