Celebrity Cruise Passengers Hurt in Dominica Bus Crash
Posted on Thursday, 02.26.09
BY LARRY LEBOWITZ
Fourteen Celebrity Cruise line passengers injured in a bloody bus crash in Dominica earlier this week arrived in South Florida for treatment at Ryder Trauma Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The cruise line chartered two air ambulances for the most seriously injured American tourists, a smaller G3 aircraft that could accommodate five or six gurneys and a small jet for those who could walk under their own power.
A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that five of the tourists were listed in critical condition, two in serious, four in fair and one in good condition. Two were treated and released.
Sixteen tourists, none from Florida, were returning to the Celebrity Summit from a culinary-themed shore excursion about 4 p.m. Monday when the open-air, safari-style vehicle in which they were riding lost control and slammed into a ditch near Roseau, the capital of Dominica.
The driver, who worked for a Celebrity vendor, told reporters in Dominica that the brakes failed on the makeshift bus. The roads are narrow and the terrain is hilly on most of the island in the eastern Caribbean.
All of the tourists were initially hospitalized in Roseau. Two were released and returned to the ship, while the Miami-based company made arrangements to airlift the rest to Jackson.