Several People are Injured in Bus Crash in the Bahamas
BAHAMAS – According to an online news report at firstcoastnews.com, a cruise ship excursion bus with thirty two passengers from the Carnival Ecstasy was involved in a crash that occurred close to Rock Sound, Eleuthera, which is located north of Princess Cays.*
Several bus crash victims were taken in a military C-130 airplane to southern Florida where they are receiving medical treatment for their injuries. The airplane arrived with 4 trauma patients at a southern Florida airport. The nature of their injuries was too serious to receive treatment in the Bahamas.
Twenty eight other passengers received treatment at a local clinic in the Bahamas and have been able to return to the cruise ship. The exact cause of the bus accident is currently under investigation by local authorities.
It appears that three of the four trauma patients suffered from severe injuries that range from broken arms and legs to internal injuries and spinal cord injuries. All four of the patients were conscious at the time of the accident and were taken to an area hospital located in Fort Lauderdale. The patients are believed to all be civilians.
Carnival released this statement:
This morning, a shore excursion bus with 32 guests from Carnival Ecstasy was involved in an accident near Rock Sound, Eleuthera (The Bahamas), which is 20 minutes north of Princess Cays.
All guests on the bus were seen at the local medical clinic and 28 were cleared to return to the ship. Four guests with injuries and two family members were airlifted for hospital treatment (one to a Nassau hospital and three to a Fort Lauderdale hospital). One of the family members who arrived in Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon was subsequently admitted to the hospital. Carnival's CareTeam is providing support to all impacted guests.
No other vehicles were involved and the cause of the accident is being investigated. In the meantime, the Cathedral Cove, Ocean Hole, and Rock Sound Island Tour, along with all excursions by this tour operator, have been suspended.
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