The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) reported on Sunday, December 6, 2015 around 1100 hours, a privately owned tour-bus full of Celebrity Cruises Summit cruise ship passengers crashed at Cane Garden Bay in British Virgin Islands of Tortola, injuring 20 people aboard. Two female passengers from the United States died from their injuries.
Celebrity Summit was anchored at the cruise pier in Road Town, Tortola when the cruise ship passenger went ashore.
The 18 injured cruise ship passengers on the bus were all admitted to Peebles Hospital on Main St, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Island. Fourteen were released and re-boarded the cruise ship, two are still being treated and two were flown overseas for treatment
"Fourteen of the passengers taken to Peebles Hospital following (Sunday) morning's tour bus collision were released and-except the families of the deceased and injured - all re-boarded the cruise ship which has since left the territory for its next destination," said Police Information Officer, Diane Drayton in a press release yesterday afternoon.
"Four passengers - three females and one male - had been detained in Peebles Hospital. Two of the females were flown overseas for further treatment (and) the other two (patients) are expected to be released from hospital today. The two who died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision were also females ages 53 and 67 and both were Americans. The names of the deceased are not being released at this time."
Health Minister Ronnie Skelton acting in the capacity of premier at the time told the media "My fellow residents of the Virgin Islands and our dear visitors, it is with deep sadness that I address you. As have been reported by our emergency responders, through our media partners, a tragic vehicle accident took place at approximately 11:15 am on Sunday, in the Cane Garden Bay area of Tortola. Police reports are that of the twenty visitors from the cruise ship 'Celebrity Summit' involved in the accident, two lost their lives and eighteen were injured."
"Currently, the BVI Health Services Authority is providing the needed services to our visitors and their families. I want to assure our injured visitors and their families that we will do everything within our power to make sure that their loved ones receive the best medical care possible," said Skelton.
"Our law enforcement officers are determined to ascertain the cause of the accident, and resulting from their investigation, the government of the Virgin Islands will do all that is possible to ensure safety on our roads for our people, and our visitors to our beautiful Virgin Islands."
Health Minister Ronnie Skelton also commended the emergency teams from the BVI Health Services Authority, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Fire and Rescue Department, the BVI Tourist Board, and personnel from the cruise ship Celebrity Summit who provided immediate assistance and support.
"On behalf of the government and people of the Virgin Islands, I offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones, and the families of those who were injured. May Jehovah continue to have mercy on us all.", Health Minister Ronnie Skelton said.
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