UPDATE - Russians Injured In Bus Crash In Dominican Republic Insured - Tour Operators' Association

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 27th November, 2019) All 39 Russian tourists who were on the bus that overturned in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday afternoon are insured, seven of them are taking the planned flight back to Moscow, the Russian Association of Tour Operators said in a Wednesday statement.

"On November 26 at around 15:00 local time [19:00 GMT] a road accident occurred involving a bus that was carrying tourists from Punta Cana (The Dominican Republic) to an airport in the city of La Romana. There were 39 Russian tourists on the bus. The injured are getting assistance, there are no fatalities. According to preliminary information, the road accident occurred because of a sharp maneuver of the truck that tried to switch lanes in front of the tourist bus," the tour operators' association said.

According to the statement, a hotline has been established for the relatives of all those injured in the bus accident. The bus crash did not result in any deaths, this has been confirmed by the local office of the Russian embassy.

"According to updated data, there were 39 tourists of the Anex Tour operator, 2 tourist guides and the driver on the bus [at the time of the accident]," the tour operators' association specified, adding that "Seven tourists are departing for Moscow on the planned flight, they will likely be joined by several other people. The injured tourists are currently under doctor supervision at the hospital of the city of Higuey."

The association said citing insurance company sources that "all of the [Russian] tourists were insured by the ERV company" and were getting the necessary medical assistance.

The Dominican branch of the Russian embassy in Venezuela said in a Wednesday Facebook statement that the Russian citizens who were in serious condition after the accident were sent by helicopter to medical centers in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, where they received emergency surgery.

Dominican media reported that over a dozen Russian tourists injured in the Tuesday bus accident were in critical condition.