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Icelandic bus crash victims repatriation by Air Ambulance

Date: 22-Jul-2010

The brakes overheated and failed to stop the bus which flipped onto it's side hurtling the 15 European tourists out of the bus and onto the ground outside.

The coordination center of the civil protection department was activated and a Coast Guard helicopter and an Air Ambulance were on alert.

Initially the patients were taken to the hospital in Akureyri and later sent by Air Ambulance to the Landspítali hospital in Reykjavík.

Six people were badly injured, the rest sustained minor injuries.

Two had to be flown by Air Ambulance to hospital, the other four were taken by road ambulance.

The bus companies president, Bertrand Jouanne flew in to assist the French and Swiss victims.

He said that relatives in France and Switzerland have been contacted and the legal rights of the tourists are being assessed, including repatriation, diplomatic services and travel insurance claims.

The passengers, several with broken bones, are expecting their repatriation to be direct from Akureyri also by Air Ambulance.

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