Five people were airlifted to New Providence and South Florida yesterday after a bus with 34 people on board overturned in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, police said.
The Public Hospitals Authority put out an urgent call for blood after the accident, which involved mostly cruise line passengers.
Superintendent Mareno Hinds, of the police traffic department, said the bus was traveling on Queen’s Highway around 11 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle. Ten people were seriously injured.
Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and the National Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) activated their Mass Casualty Incident Protocol while the government activated its national disaster plan, according to officials.
Attorney General Carl Bethel, who addressed the matter during the morning sitting of the Senate, said a commercial bus was transporting the passengers when the accident occurred.
“There have been some casualties, as yet no deaths, but there have been casualties,” he said.
“The minister of health and the minister of national security have… initiated the national disaster plan, so all resources are being allocated to swiftly send air ambulances to South Eleuthera to bring the injured persons who need hospitalized care to New Providence.
“The United States Coast Guard has landed several helicopters at Odyssey and are prepared to do what they have to do for their citizens who may require more complex interventions.
“So, I would just confirm this, but we also pray to the most high that nobody should perish and we hope that those who are suffering will be speedily relieved of the pain or afflictions.”
Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said the national disaster plan is initiated whenever there are multiple injuries that require government and international intervention.
The Ministry of Tourism said it was saddened to learn of the accident.
Police did not release the names of any of the victims.
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