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UPDATE (8): Two dead, 50 persons injured as double-decker bus hits tree branches

A 37-year old Spanish woman and a 62-year old Belgium man were the two persons who died in the tragic accident early this evening at Żurrieq when a tourist double-decker bus hit branches of a tree. 50 persons were injured in the accident, four are being treated at Mater Dei’s ITU – two of them are children.

The tragic accident at Valletta Road at around 4.15 pm involved a tourist double-decker bus which hit low-lying branches of a tree. Initial information indicates that the bus was being driven by a 24-year old youth.

The Police confirmed that the six grievously injured persons are three Britons – two boys aged 6 and 8, and a 44-year old man; a 31-year old German national; a 72-year old Italian; and a 35-year old man whose identify is not yet established. These persons were treated for head and shoulder injuries. 12 children are among the injured persons.

Six ambulances arrived at the accident’s site as this was considered as a major accident.

Injured persons were brought down from the top of the double-decker on stretchers with Civil Protection cranes.

The first ambulance on site arrived shortly before 5.00 pm and took the first injured person to hospital. Ambulances encountered problems to arrive on the accident’s site due to heavy traffic.

The slightly injured persons were referred for treatment at the Paola Health Centre instead of Mater Dei.

Forensic experts also arrived on site, together with Duty Magistrate Dr Monica Vella

Vehicle drivers were requested to avoid the areas around Żurrieq.