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Port Vila Vanuatu Bus Crash
3 Dead 12 Cruise Ship Passengers Injured

Excursion Head-on Bus Crash P&O Cruises Pacific Dawn - June 20, 2016

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Port Vila Vanuatu Bus Crash
3 Dead 12 Cruise Ship Passengers Injured

Excursion Head-on Bus Crash P&O Cruises Pacific Dawn - June 20, 2016

On Monday, June 20, 2016 an excursion bus returning from Ekasup Cultural Village was involved in a head-on collision with a commuter bus in the capital of Port Vila in Vanuatu. The excursions bus was filled with 15 cruise ship passengers from P&O Cruises Pacific Dawn.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported the grey Toyota cruise excursion bus was driving the tourists back to the ship, when it veered onto the wrong side of the road hitting the red Hyundai bus.

Acting assistant commissioner of Police Songi George Andrews alleged the "young driver" of the grey Toyota cruise excursion bus, had crossed to the wrong side of the road pretending to hit some people on the side of the road before colliding with the other bus. He was taken to the hospital and will charged after he is released. The head-on impact killed the other bus driver.

The bus crash killed three people including two locals, including the driver of the red Hyundai bus. A pregnant woman also died during the crash. There were 12 passengers injured including three small children, 11 were Australians and one American.

One of the children, an 11-year-old suffered significant head injuries and was airlifted to Noumea, he is no longer in critical condition. He was traveling to Brisbane with his mother and sibling. Riley Rohr, 11, who suffered a fractured skull and facial injuries was flown to the New Caledonian capital Noumea on Monday night with his seven-year-old brother Vaughn, who suffered leg fractures, and their mother Deborah, who has a fractured pelvis.

Seven people were airlifted to a Brisbane, Australia hospital including a married couple in their 70s, Moyna and Brian Exley. The Exley's have serious injuries including broken bones and open wounds.

A 76-year-old American remains in a critical condition in a Brisbane hospital.

The youngest patient, a four-year-old girl, is being cared for at Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Her mother and brother returned with her but were not injured.

Paramedic Casey Lewis who was assisting the accident victims, said that a Pacific Dawn cruise ship's doctor was also on the scene to assist.

P&O Cruises spokesman gave a Facebook update after the accident, "Good morning everyone – a further update on the situation in Port Vila following the road accident involving two buses yesterday afternoon. During the night we have been coordinating an airlift of 10 of our Pacific Dawn guests. Three of our guests have now arrived in Noumea where they are receiving specialist medical care. Other guests will be airlifted to Brisbane as this operation continues. We have contacted the families of all of the Pacific Dawn passengers who were injured. We have also expressed our condolences to the families of two members of the local Ni Van community who have passed away following the collision. Reports from Port Vila are that our guests are being cared for well at the local hospital and medical centre while the airlift continues. We are also receiving strong consular support both in Port Vila and in Noumea as this operation continues. We thank our other guests who are currently on Pacific Dawn and have expressed their concern for their fellow guests. The Captain is updating them on developments."

Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry said P&O had suspended their contract with the tour operator in Port Vila until an investigation was completed. The Pacific Dawn 11-night cruise departed Brisbane, Australia on June 14 with calls at Port Vila, Mystery Iand Isle of Pines before returning to Brisbane on Sunday.

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