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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1059


Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - Can the Minister for Foreign Affairs provide any details of the condition of the Australian tourists who were injured in a bus smash in Kiyev in the Soviet Union?


Senator WILLESEE -I have a note on this as I thought there might be a question on this matter. On 8 August a Transit Tour camping bus crashed 1 70 kilometres from Kiyev in the south of that country. Some 22 Australians were among the group of approximately 40 people on that bus. Five persons, including Miss Irvine, one New Zealander and three Canadians, were hospitalised at Chernigov. The remainder of the party, some of whom suffered cuts and bruises, were assisted by Russian authorities who took them to Kiyev. Miss Gillian Irvine, aged 21, was the only person seriously injured. She suffered a fracture at the base of the skull and some haemorrhaging. The neuro-surgeon treating her reported on Wednesday that Miss Irvine's condition had improved since Monday but that she should not travel for at least 2 1 days. A consular officer will travel from Moscow tomorrow to visit Miss Irvine. Our Embassy has been in touch with both the neuro-surgeon treating Miss Irvine and the director of the hospital during the week. We have every reason to believe that Miss Irvine and the other injured travellers are receiving all possible assistance and medical treatment.







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