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Gov’t reacts to tour bus tragedy

Premier, Dr. D Orlando Smith. File photo

Premier, Dr. D Orlando Smith. File photo

The government has expressed condolences to the families of the two tourists who lost their lives in a bus crash this morning (December 6), as well as, the 18 others who sustained injuries.

In a statement which was issued by the Premier’s Office, an appeal was also made for members of the media and the general public to be sensitive. It stated that the BVI Tourist Board is offering assistance to persons affected.

“On December 6, 2015, a privately owned tour-bus was involved in an accident while descending the Cane Garden Bay Hill.”

“First responders, including the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Fire and Rescue Department, (and) medical personnel were mobilised, along with members of the BVI Tourist Board, and cruise ship personnel from the Celebrity Summit cruise line, to provide assistance to the visitors involved,” the statement read.

It further disclosed that a Police Liaison Officer has been assigned to work with the cruise line, the BVI Tourist Board, and families while the investigations are ongoing.

“The Government of the Virgin Islands expresses its deepest condolences and through the BVI Tourist Board, we are working to help those who have been affected. We take this opportunity to encourage the entire community, including our media partners, to be sensitive to the visiting families that have been affected.”

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  1. ????? says:

    Has he spoken to FACEBOOK????

  2. Concern says:

    There is a lot of old buses doing tour. Government need to do something about it.

  3. Uncanny2 says:

    If the cruise companies decide not to visit BVI, maybe then the government will be forced into licensing and regulating the safety of these tourist busses.

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