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The police have launched an investigation into the incident yesterday, Tuesday, January 8, where a safari carrying thirteen tourists caught fire and later exploded.
Acting Police Information Officer, Sergeant Beverly James in a press release stated that police received a report of the incident involving Motor Taxi TX848, and arrived on scene as the fire was being extinguished.
She said that preliminary investigations “revealed that the driver of the said bus was traveling up hill on the Joe's Hill Public Road when the bus encountered mechanical difficulty, resulting in the front portion of the bus bursting into flames.”
The thirteen tourists on board were not injured and were allowed to continue their tour on a different bus, the press statement further shared.
According to Sergeant James, investigation continues in collaboration with representatives from the BVI Tourist Board and the Taxi and Livery Commission, and Fire and Rescue Department.
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Tourists on board a safari narrowly escaped injuries earlier today, January 8, after the safari caught on fire and exploded along Joe's Hill road.
When BVI Platinum News got to the scene, the vehicle was completely gutted by the fire.
According to an eyewitness, when the fire began, the tourists quickly exited the vehicle and ran downhill.
Moments later, the vehicle was completely was completely engulfed.
The witness further shared that there were several explosions after.
BVI Platinum News will provide updates as they become available.