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Hong Kong tourists ‘among 56 injured’ after tour bus flips on mountain highway in Canada

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 August, 2014, 1:50pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 3:26am

Hong Kong tourists may be among 56 people who were injured, several critically, when their tour bus hit a road divider and flipped over on a mountain highway in Canada.

Six people suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to hospital after the accident on the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia on Thursday afternoon.

Another 15 people were seriously injured, suffering broken bones and fractures, according to Canadian police. Thirty-five others suffered minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Six helicopters and about 20 ambulances took the injured to the Royal Inland Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The tour bus was heading from the Okanagan Valley to Vancouver when it hit a barrier between lanes and flipped over, about 30km south of Merritt.

A female employee for Super Vacation, a travel agency based in British Columbia, confirmed the bus was from a four-day tour organised by her company.

"They [the passengers] include Chinese, Malaysians and other Asians," she told the South China Morning Post.

"The names of several tourists suggest they are from Hong Kong. But we have to confirm their identities and nationalities with our agencies."

The agency said the tour group left Vancouver on Monday for a four-day trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

"They were returning to Vancouver when the crash happened," she said.

Hong Kong's Immigration Department said it had not received calls for assistance from Hongkongers but was in touch with the Chinese embassy in Vancouver.

One witness, Sue Gordon, told local media: "They [the passengers] were so scared. There were children and lots of screaming and crying. It was horrific."

 

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meoii
Are people going to rally and protest about this tomorrow?
peye3515
This Hi way Is an easy to drive 4 lanes divided road with passing lanes on the up sections. Since it is a main road it is well maintained. Speed limits are between 80KMH and 120KMH depending on certain places and conditions. Winter driving can be tough at times but summer driving is mostly ok depending on weather conditions. Accidents are sometimes caused through driver fatigue, speeding or overdriving the road conditions during high winds or bad weather. Coquihalla is the roads name. More info on Google.
daily
So are HK victims now going to demand an apology and compensation from the Canadian government the same way they picked on the Philippine government?
ennoun
Being a single vehicle accident, it's possible the driver may have dozed off for a few seconds. The accident is a black mark on the large Canadian based Chinese tour company and has nothing to do with the Canadian government. Any compensation will need to be the responsibility of the company.
Unfortunate accident but hopefully the passengers suffering more serious injuries will recover fully.
chaz_hen
Black travel advisory for Canada until all compensation payments are made!!!
bagelbagel
Problem is that most if not all the HK people on that bus holds Canadian passport.
 
 
 
 
 

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