Vanuatu bus crash: injured man returned home

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The final three Australian tourists injured in a fatal bus crash in Vanuatu earlier this week have been flown back home. A woman, who has a fractured pelvis, arrived at Gold Coast Airport about 3:00pm on a medical transport jet operated by CareFlight.

Her two sons, who were also injured, were flown in about 12 hours prior.

Three locals died and 10 Australian tourists were injured when a tour bus collided head on with another bus in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila on Monday night.

There were 12 Australian tourists on the bus.

Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Gavin Fuller met the plane this morning carrying the 11-year-old boy with head injuries and the seven-year-old with a fractured leg.

The trio had been in hospital in Noumea since the crash.

“Both patients [two boys] were transported up to Gold Coast University Hospital and both are in a stable condition at this stage,” Mr Fuller said.

“There was a slight delay in departing Vanuatu airport, but apart from that it was a smooth flight and no problems during that flight.

“Today we are expecting another aircraft to arrive with a 49-year-old female patient who has sustained fractures to her pelvis and chest injuries.

“She will be met and transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital as well.”

Seven other injured Australians were taken to Brisbane hospitals earlier this week.

Police in Vanuatu charged a bus driver on Wednesday with one count of reckless driving causing death.

The group of Australians was from a P&O cruise ship and had been visiting Vanuatu on a shore trip when the accident happened.

P&O’s Pacific Dawn ship, with almost 2,000 passengers on board, has resumed sailing and is due back in Brisbane on Saturday.

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