3 Britons hurt in Mombasa coach crash not in danger, says FCO

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According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the injuries to the 3 British holidaymakers hurt in the weekend's Kenyan coach crash are not life-threatening.

A spokesperson for the FCO said its consulate in the capital is helping the British holidaymakers caught up in the event.

"We are working very closely with the tour operator," the spokesperson said. "Some British nationals remain in hospital receiving treatment for injuries, accompanied by their families. The remaining passengers will be leaving Kenya."

The tour company, First Choice, said the 3 Britons attended hospital after their coach crashed near the capital, Mombasa, with 16 people on board. The operator said it was liaising with the local authorities to determine the cause, and has set up a helpline to support people worried about friends or family who might have been involved."

The spokesperson said: "We can confirm there were 15 passengers and 1 staff member on board; 3 passengers are being treated for injuries at a local hospital."

According to an eyewitness, the coach had lost its grip and begun to slide.

"I could see the driver was really struggling to keep the vehicle straight," said Mark Bizley. "The right-hand wheels went ver the edge of the tarmac. As soon as the wheels hit the road, the bus rolled."

An inquiry has been launched by Kenyan emergency services into the reasons for the crash.




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