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Tour Bus Carrying P&O Cruises Passengers Crashes in Vanuatu

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 21, 2016

Tour Bus Carrying P&O Cruises Passengers Crashes in Vanuatu

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Officials announced Tuesday that three locals were killed and 12 tourists were injured when two buses crashed into each other on the island nation of Vanuatu.

According to Yahoo News Australia, the 12 injured tourists were traveling via bus on a stopover during a P&O Cruises journey from Brisbane, Australia, to Noumea, New Caledonia, on Monday when their vehicle struck the small bus carrying Vanuatu locals.

The cruise passengers were on a shore excursion from the ship Pacific Dawn.

The accident took place in the city of Port Vila, and reports suggest that of the 12 tourists injured in the accident, 10 of them were seriously injured enough to warrant air ambulance evacuations to Noumea and Brisbane. Several of the tourists involved in the crash suffered head injuries and multiple fractures.

“It's fair to say that the Australian passengers were receiving excellent care in Vanuatu, but this is a very big event for Port Vila, so we thought the best way to deal with the situation was to airlift our guests back to Noumea for specialist care or back to Brisbane for specialist care,” P&O Cruises spokesman David Jones told Yahoo News.

Cruise Critic is reporting that the Pacific Dawn departed Port Vila in Vanuatu Tuesday after all of the injured tourists had been taken care of or transported via air ambulance to medical facilities.

The P&O Cruises ship will continue its itinerary to its next stop, the Isle of Pines in the Pacific.


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