Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jamaica: 25 Tourists Injured in Bus Crash Between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios

A passing car on a two-way road swerved in front of a tour bus transporting foreign tourists on Monday (May 28), which resulted in the bus flipping over on a northern coastal road, injuring all 25 people on board. The bus was transporting the tourists from the international airport at Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.

COMMENT: The 25 tourists and the bus driver were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, which may not necessarily have developed world healthcare.

Accidents such as this are a reminder to ensure that you subscribe to developed world international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before leaving home. Otherwise, you're left with what local medical facilities can provide. If you don't have a list of such providers, email me and I can send you one.

This bus accident, like so many others that I have filed reports on over the last couple of years, demonstrates the increasing risks that tourists and travelers are exposed to when herded aboard a bus with poor maneuverability and potentially with inexperienced and/or fatigued drivers whose only criteria is having a warm body.

Even if your tour cost includes ground transportation, does that mean that you MUST assume the same risks along with everyone else? No. If you already have a confirmed hotel reservation, why not arrange for safe, reliable transportation that may well exceed the safety levels of transport being provided?

There is not a great deal you can do to remedy poorly maintained and dangerous island roads, but in the case described above, why not arrange for a reputable hotel taxi if there is a greater probability that you'll arrive there without incident?

Last but not least, always carry an UNLOCKED, QUAD-BAND cell phone for emergencies such as the one described above.