Monday, December 7 – Fourteen of the passengers taken to Peebles Hospital following yesterday 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.
Four passengers, three females and one male, had been detained in Peebles Hospital. Two of the females were flown overseas for further treatment; the other two 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.
All passengers of the tour bus were visitors aboard the cruiseship Celebrity Summit.
Investigators have since removed and secured the tour bus in preparation for mechanical inspection as investigations into the incident continues.
In the lone vehicle traffic collision, the tour bus, with 20 cruise passengers, was descending the Cane Garden Bay Hill when it collided with the hillside embankment late yesterday morning. Police, BVI Fire and Rescue and BVI Health Services Authority personnel all responded to the scene. Members of the BVI Tourist Board and cruise ship personnel were also in attendance both at the scene and at the hospital to provide needed assistance to passengers. A Police Liaison Officer is now working with the Tourist Board to provide assistance and updates to the families of the victims.
As the Territory endeavours to provide needed support and assistance to the families of the deceased and the injured, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is asking persons to be sensitive and respectful with their comments and postings.