Miracle escape as La Gomera tourist bus overturns inches from ravine
A party of British holidaymakers will have a rather unfortunate memory of beautiful La Gomera after experiencing a miracle escape from disaster.
The 22 British tourists were on a coach which crashed high up in the mountains and came to rest on its side just inches away from the ravine edge.
Initial reports at the time said two people, aged 89 and 67, both British, were injured. Later the emergency services escalated this number to 15, with at least three of them being kept in hospital with more serious injuries.
It has been reported that the brakes on the coach failed as it travelled down the hillside and only the brave actions off the driver saved it from going over the edge.
The twists and turns along and over the summit of La Gomera are part of its many charms but can also be hair-raising.
On the day in question, the weather conditions were said to have been very bad, with thick fog reducing visibility.
It appears the driver of the coach turned into the moun-tainside to stop the vehicle which then overturned.
Most of the terrified passen-gers escaped with cuts and bruises but the 89-year-old man was seriously injured. He suffered a head injury and a broken arm.
The 67-year-old woman hurt her back. They were taken to the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe whilst the other bus occupants were ferried to a local health centre.
The accident happened at 10.40am on the rough CV-13 mountain road in the Argua-yoda area of the municipality of Alajeró.
The 22 British tourists on board were accompanied by two tour guides and the driver.
The Mayor of Alajeró, Manuel Ramos Plasencia, said the brakes on the coach failed and it was the driver’s experience that prevented it from falling down the ravine.
Ambulances, police and medics rushed to the scene following reports of the accident and had to smash the back of the coach to get the passengers out.