January 15, 2016
(4:50 a.m. EST) -- A cruise passenger was killed and three others injured when a tour bus crashed in Falmouth, Jamaica.
The Independence of the Seas passengers were on the way back from a ship-organized excursion to Dunn's River Beach when the four-vehicle collision occurred.
According to a local news report, the accident also involved a truck, a panel van and a car.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. released the following statement: "On January 14, 21 Independence of the Seas' guests participating in the ‘Dolphin Swim and Dunn's River Falls' shore excursion in Falmouth, Jamaica, were involved in a traffic accident on their way back to the ship. We are saddened to report that one of our guests passed away. Three other guests were injured and are being treated at the local hospital. Crew members are at the hospital with our guests in order to help respond to this terrible incident. The other guests that were on the bus have been treated and released, and have continued on the ship."
Independence of the Seas is sailing a five-night itinerary that departed Port Everglades, Florida, on Monday, January 11, with port calls to Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica.
--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor