Vanuatu bus crash kills two, injures 12 Australian P&O cruise passengers

australian injured after bus collision

Seriously injured Australian tourists will be airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after a head-on bus crash in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila left two locals dead.

P&O spokesman David Jones confirmed two locals were killed in the crash between a local bus and a tour bus operated by a local company.

“In terms of the Australian passengers, 12 had significant injuries and 10 of those were at a level where we thought it was best to arrange air ambulance evacuations to Noumea and to Brisbane,” he told the ABC.

Mr Jones said airlifts had been underway throughout the night to transport the Australians to Noumea or Brisbane for specialist treatment.

Three people have already arrived in Noumea for care and others will be flown to Brisbane today.

“It’s fair to say that the Australian passengers were receiving excellent care in Vanuatu, but this is a very big event for Port Vila, so we thought the best way to deal with the situation was it airlift our guests back to Noumea for specialist care there or back to Brisbane for specialist care.”

The passengers had arrived in Vanuatu on board the P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn, sailing from Brisbane.

“Please be assured that we have made direct contact with the families of all the guests injured in the road accident,” P&O Cruises Australia said in a Facebook post.

“Our thoughts are with our guests and families at this time and also with members of the Ni Van community who were injured.

P&O Cruises Australia said the ship would remain in Port Vila until the medical transfers were complete. Read more.