Why this story matters:
Last Tuesday, news that a double-decker bus ran into a low-lying branch shocked Malta. The collision resulted in two deaths and many severe injuries. Paramedics described the scene as horrifying even for experienced professionals.
Fearing for Malta's reputation as a Mediterranean paradise, authorities are likely to make an in-depth investigation.
So far it appears the tour operator complied with regulations. In the article below, Times of Malta assesses the unpredictable state of the country's roads. Bus drivers and tour operators report have long been worried about streets overhung by tree branches and electricity cables.
While tearful testimonies from the victims' relatives flood Maltese media, the island's citizens hope for an adequate policy response from the authorities.
Tourists lost lives, suffered injuries when a sightseeing bus hit low-lying branches
- The accident happened in Żurrieq when the driver -- a 24-year-old Maltese man -- drove into a low-lying tree branch.
- Reportedly, tourists aboard the bus came from 14 countries.
- Around 15 buses run the fatal route.
- The two victims are a retired Belgian man and a young Spanish woman -- the latter had even considered moving her business to Malta.
- Cartoonist Seb Tanti Burlo commented on the accident by posting a drawing of bleeding headless bodies along with the hashtag OhmyMalta.