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UPDATE: Two dead, 18 injured, driver unscathed in bus crash

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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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  1. need a gun says:

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    Wow the taxi need to go the other way around that hill with a heavy load put strain on the bus there are better beaches and safest road than cane let keep the tourist safe

    • tolian says:

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      u are on point, and u are not even a taxi driver, or are u, it should be all about safty, but sad most of those guys just think about the money, on a day like this yes he should of went around the windy hill road!

      • sad says:

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        Real sad many of these bus owners needs to service n maintain their buss before taking the tourist life in the middle of there hands,money is not all come on guys not good.The drivers most time is not the owners of the taxi so owners fix r u bus n taxi

      • HMPH (aka socal comantor) says:

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        Who de driver an how old he

        Lots o dem drivers to old but dem jus keepering goin

        Hope he no ben drinking rum

    • TAXI MAN says:

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      100 % agree with you….same thing I was thinking
      change the route and go by the other side.

  2. Lodger says:

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    Twas only a matter of time.
    Condolences to the deceased families and the injured.
    Maybe now the cruise lines will insist on vetting the drivers and vehicles.

    • Guest says:

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      Nah they will only take notice if the family sues. Monetary losses are what turns heads, not just accidents.

    • Sad, Sad, Sad! says:

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      My dearest condolences go out to the surviving families of those who died in this tragic accident. May God be with you all and a speedy recovery is wished to the injured.

      I have concerns about those particular types of buses on steep, wet, slippery winding roads in general. They appear to so top heavy and not best suited for such road environments. My concern is also for school children who ride such buses daily, at times with children cramped and standing; sometimes at ridiculous speeds.

    • Cruiser says:

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      This tragic accident had nothing to do with the cruise line. The tourists were on a privately arranged bus trip, not an excursion sponsored by Celebrity.

  3. de observa says:

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    My condolences goes out to this family ! So sad

  4. Sadden says:

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    I extend my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of this tragic accident, words will never be enough to heal the pain and sorrow you all are going through right now…but may GOD be with you all in this Sad time.

  5. sexydiva says:

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    So sad my condolences to the damily

  6. disappointed says:

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    R.I.P THIS IS GOING OUT TO THE TOURISTS WHO DIED

  7. ????? says:

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    All lives matters rip

  8. Sad says:

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    Those busses are not for for tortola. People are using them because of greed.

    • Mr Shovels says:

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      I have to agree. Those Hyundai buses were designed with mostly flat land in mind, not the extreme terrain we have around here.

  9. Political Observer says:

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    Extend warm condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the dearly departed, along with those injured. Wish the injured a full and speedy.

  10. Anyone? says:

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    The bus involved is not one I would ride on hilly terrain. They are top heavy and the wheels and tires are just a bit too small in my opinion. Same type that crashed on Windy Hill a few years back. Condolences to the families of those who were lost.

  11. Sea breeze says:

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    Heart felt condolences to all involved in this tragic accident may the good Lord comfort you and your family.

  12. MYRNA FONSECA says:

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    I am very saddened to learn about that. Terrible accident which took place this morning in Tortola , my condolences to the families of those who died , I wish those who were injured that they will recover back to good health . may God bless each and every one of you .Myrna Fonseca

  13. Andrea Martin says:

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    My daughter and I went on the same tour last week while on a cruise that stopped in Tortola. Our bus stalled on the way up a steep hill. We had to get out and walk up the hill. The bus was in danger of rolling backwards down the hill. The entire ride was very scary and we told NCL that this tour was too dangerous. The entire ride up and down the hill, my daughter kept saying “we’re going to die”. This accident does not surprise me one bit. All tours up and down this hill need to stop.

  14. sorry says:

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    I am so sad to hear about the deaths about the 2 tourist and the 28 that sustsain injuries

  15. Bolo says:

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    Up the hill and. Down the hill is not easy for those bus we must fix brandy wine bay beach Now

  16. busy says:

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    the government need to take a look into these tragic matters the beaches also need live guards at least three on cane garden bay buses need to be properly inspected before been allowed to transport people its not all about the money gents if u cant protect the tourist and been sued for numerous amount of money how u going to keep money in the country come on man this is total carelessness measures should be put in place to protect this country have a bless day

  17. Uncanny2 says:

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    Why on earth are people “disliking” sympathetic comments above? What is wrong with people?

  18. BWI says:

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    Be careful what you post on these sites

    http://www.cruiselawnews.com/

  19. Anonymous says:

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    Our condolences.
    Both hills going into CGB are steep, we will find out what happened as they investigate. Taxis make this route thousands of times a year…

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