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US Virgin Islands tourist bus accident injures 13

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – A tourist bus collided with a parked vehicle in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, injuring 13 cruise ship passengers after it went down an embankment, authorities said.

One female passenger was hospitalized for a hip fracture while 12 others were released after being treated for minor injuries, said Tourist Department spokeswoman Allegra Kean-Moorehead.

The tourists all were passengers of the Serenade of the Seas cruise ship and had been participating in the “Best of St. Thomas and Shopping” excursion, according to a Royal Caribbean statement.

Officials did not release the names or nationalities of the injured passengers.

Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said the group was aboard an open-air “safari bus” when the accident occurred on a steep road near the island’s scenic Beacon Point. She said it was not yet clear what caused the accident.

The ship had had docked in St. Thomas Friday as part of a seven-night cruise.

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