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British tourists in Kenya injured in airport transfer crash

Holiday Accident

British tourists on holiday in Kenya with UK tour operator First Choice have been injured, after a coach taking them to Mombasa Airport left the road and rolled down an embankment on Saturday morning (02/03/2013).

Witnesses to the accident say that the coach began “snaking” on a slippery main road, before the wheels left the edge of the road and the coach rolled down an embankment. A holidaymaker travelling in the coach behind said:

“I could see the driver was really struggling to keep the vehicle straight. The right hand wheels went over the edge of the tarmac. As soon as the wheels hit the road, the bus rolled.”

There were 15 passengers on board the coach along with three members of staff.

A total of six passengers were taken to hospital in Mombasa after the crash and First Choice has said three of those injured were British, although their injuries are not thought to be serious.

It is expected that those involved in the crash could go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can often take months for symptoms to develop following an event such as this.

The accident smashed windows in the bus and luggage was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled down the embankment.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed that British tourists were injured in the coach crash, but added their injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The FCO is offering assistance to holidaymakers and their families involved in the accident.

The bus was travelling along a busy main road and an investigation into the cause of the crash is now underway.

Dated: 08/03/2013