The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said it is still trying to figure out what caused the accident this morning which claimed the lives of two tourists, and resulted in 18 others being treated for injuries.
The group of 20 tourists who were traveling in the ill-fated tour bus along the Cane Garden Bay main road when the accident occurred after 11:am, were all passengers on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship, which was docked at the cruise pier in Road Town.
“Police are confirming a lone-vehicle traffic collision late this morning involving a tour bus while the bus was descending the Cane Garden Bay Hill. Of the 20 passengers aboard, 18 were taken to Peebles Hospital for treatment (and) two were pronounced dead at the scene,” said Police Information Officer, Dian Drayton in a press release.
The release stated that the bus driver did not sustain any injuries.
The Information Officer added that following the accident, police and fire officers along with medical personnel attended the scene. She disclosed that they also visited the Peebles Hospital to ‘provide needed assistance to passengers’.
“Police have also assigned a Police Liaison Officer to work along with the cruise line, the Tourist Board and families while investigations are ongoing,” Drayton said.
While disclosing that the cause of the crash is still being investigated, Drayton called on members of the public to be respectful with their comments on the different media platforms, as relatives of those involved in the accident are still being notified.
“The cause of the collision is still under investigation, therefore the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is asking persons to be respectful with their comments and postings as relatives are being notified and investigations are ongoing,” she said.
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