Yesterday morning, a serious road accident occurred at Rivière-des- Anguilles. A car in which a group of four German tourists were travelling collided with a bus of the National Transport Corporation (NTC). The impact of the collision was of great intensity, sending the car flying to ultimately hit the cliff. The incident occurred at around 9h50. By 11h30, attempts to take out the last of the four passengers of the car from the crashed vehicle were still being made by firemen.
The four German tourists landed in Mauritius on Saturday 23rd of August: Harmut Werner Khrohn, together with his wife Eva Gartner, and their 15-year old daughter as well as the latter’s friend of 17 years og age were on holidays to ‘paradise island’. They were to return to their country on the 30th of August. Fate had it otherwise though. They were onboard a grey Honda when they got hit by an NTC bus. The bus was coming from the direction of Curepipe going towards Rivière-des-Anguilles. It had already gone past the bridge found in the area when the car made a U-turn in front of it. The bus driver was unable to avoid hitting the car; the impact was so violent in nature that the car hit the cliff. Witnesses have suggested that perhaps the tourists meant to stop near the area by the bridge to take pictures.
15-year old girl in critical condition suffering from brain concussion
When the firemen succeeded in removing the passengers from the car, they were swiftly brought to the hospital. The driver suffered from an arm fracture: he had to go through surgery because of this. His wife sustained a fracture in the hand. The two teenagers have suffered from a cerebral concussion. The girl is in a particularly critical situation.
The police force of Rivière-des-Anguilles are now looking into the matter to find the cause behind the accident.