Two Britons killed in bus crash

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21 September 2004, GRAN CANARIA - An investigation was underway Tuesday after two British tourists were killed in a bus crash in Spain's Canary Islands.

21 September 2004

GRAN CANARIA - An investigation was underway Tuesday after two British tourists were killed in a bus crash in Spain's Canary Islands.

Police said  the victims, both women said to be in their 30s, died when their coach carrying 54 tourists overturned at Mogan on the island of Gran Canaria Monday afternoon.

Both were flown to hospital by helicopter but were dead on arrival, hospital officials said.

Seven other passengers had been held in hospital after suffering serious injuries, and 30 others were treated for minor injuries.

The majority of the party were on a tour from Scotland.

Police said an investigation was under way amid suspicions the coach's brakes could have failed.

The two women who died have not yet been named.

Richard Burke, spokesman for the British tour operator Seguro Holidays, said Tuesday that four people had been discharged from hospital overnight and others were being kept in for observation.

He said: "Eighty per cent have just minor injuries but we have two in intensive care at the moment unfortunately."

Among those with minor injuries is the driver, he said.

He added: "At the moment, the investigation by the police is under way. We are not sure what happened to the coach.

"At the moment there does not appear to be anybody else involved in the accident."

Dr Joaquin Lopez at the Clinca Roca local hospital in San Augustin, said some of the seriously injured patients had suffered head injuries and two were in a worse condition than others, but none was critical.

All the patients - including a three-year-old boy who was not seriously hurt - were conscious and Dr Lopez believed some would be discharged today.

The group, from all over Scotland, flew from Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire on Sunday.

The holidaymakers are said to have been returning to their hotels from a welcome party after arriving during the night at the start of a two-week holiday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news 

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