Tourism & Cruises

Five Carnival Cruise Line passengers hospitalized after tour bus crash in the Bahamas

Four people injured in a Carnival Cruise Line Bahamas shore excursion single bus crash were airlifted to hospitals in Nassau and Fort Lauderdale, the cruise line said Monday night.

An email from Carnival also said one of the injured went to Nassau and three went to Fort Lauderdale, where an accompanying relative of one of the three patients also was admitted. A US military C-130 transport plane flew the Broward-bound group to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue met the plane.

UPDATE: Carnival Cruise bus crash injuries include a spine fracture and neurological damage

BSO Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said, “Three of the four patients sustained serious injuries ranging from fractures of the arms and legs to internal injuries and possible paralysis. The fourth patient’s injuries were minor. All four patients were transported to Broward Health Fort Lauderdale.

“All patients were conscious and speaking to paramedics.”

The bus crashed Monday morning near Rock Sound, Eleuthera with 32 passengers from the Carnival Ecstasy, which left Jacksonville Saturday for a five-day cruise. Carnival said 28 passengers were cleared to return to the ship after being checked out at a local clinic. The ship left Princess Cays as scheduled Monday evening.

“No other vehicles were involved and the cause of the accident is being investigated,” the email stated. “In the meantime, the Cathedral Cove, Ocean Hole, and Rock Sound Island Tour, along with all excursions by this tour operator, have been suspended.”

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