Update on Celebrity Summit Cruise Passengers Injured in Dominica

February 26, 2009

(6:15 p.m.) -- Celebrity Summit passengers injured in Monday's vehicular crash in Dominica, which occurred during a Celebrity Cruises shore excursion, are still recovering at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Lorraine Nelson tells us that three of the 14 passengers that were brought to the facility have now been discharged. Two remain in critical condition. Of the others, one is in serious condition, six are good, and two are fair.

The accident occurred when the driver, Gerard James, reportedly lost control of the vehicle, an open-air truck built specifically for tourists, and drove into a ditch. James told Dominica News Online that the vehicle's brakes gave out.

Cruise Critic members on the Celebrity forum have been expressing concern for the victims throughout the week. Host Anne posts, "Medical evacuation is a primary reason we secure trip insurance for every cruise. We hope everyone recovers from this accident quickly."

Celebrity Cruises issued its final official statement on the incident yesterday, in which Celebrity President and CEO Dan Hanrahan was quoted as saying, "We remain focused on the well-being of our guests and assisting their families, as all of them recover from this accident. We deeply appreciate the outstanding treatment our guests are receiving from the exceptional staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital. We also thank the government of Dominica and the staff of Princess Margaret Hospital for the extraordinary support, assistance and treatment they provided our guests.”

The cruise line has suspended sales of tours with the operator pending an ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident by Dominica officials. However, there is no timeline for a final decision at this point. We'll publish this information as soon as it is received.

--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor

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