Safari accident lands tourists in hospital

A Safari vehicle overturned on Tuesday while transporting cruise ship visitors. (Photo contributed) A Safari vehicle overturned on Tuesday while transporting cruise ship visitors. (Photo contributed)

After a mishap with an Island Safari Tour vehicle on the Valley Road on Tuesday, nine tourists including six Americans and three Germans, were treated in hospital for related injuries.

An anonymous source told OBSERVER media yesterday that the vehicle was attempting to overtake a tractor, and in an effort to avoid an oncoming vehicle, the driver of the safari jeep swerved, which caused the vehicle to flip on its side.

Up to press time yesterday, officials at Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) confirmed that three of the tourists who visited Antigua & Barbuda on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas were hospitalised as a precautionary measure since the injuries were not life-threatening while the others were treated and discharged.

According to the hospital officials, only one of the three tourists suffered a serious facial injury.

When contacted by OBSERVER media yesterday, owner of Tropical Adventures Patrick Ryan said he didn’t wish to comment on the matter at this time since it was still under police investigation.

One of the obvious questions that OBSERVER media would have asked Ryan was what impact this accident would have had on the relationship with the cruise lines.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)