Two B.C. tourists identified as survivors of fiery bus crash in Egypt
A newlywed couple are among the survivors of a bus crash in Egypt that occurred two days ago. they were on their way home after a month-long honeymoon in the Middle East. The couple from Surrey, BC are now in an Egyptian hospital with serious injuries.
As the video to the right shows, Britons were also among some of those hurt in the crash.
Steve Pannu says his daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Richard, are being treated after the bus missed a curve on a highway, rolled and burned. The accident, 70 kilometres southeast of the Suez Canal on Thursday, killed nine and injured at least 30.
The couple was headed home and Pannu had planned to pick them up at the Vancouver airport Friday afternoon.
But he said his daughter and son-in-law now have severe injuries.
"She lost her left arm, her ribs are bruised and she is on life support right now. And my son-in-law has injuries to his intestines . . . and also to his liver but that has kind of been rectified. He is a little more stable than her," Pannu said.
His wife, Sharon, said Jennifer has also broken three ribs and is having difficulty breathing. Richard can't walk, she said.
Sabrina Pannu, Jennifer's sister, said Richard didn't pay attention to his own injuries.
"He went looking for Jennifer and pulled her out before the bus blew," she said.
"What an amazing, amazing person he is for doing that for my sister and that's what a husband does, that's what a husband who loves you unconditionally does for you."
Sabrina, who was distraught and crying, said Friday instead of getting on the plane to come home, Jennifer was having surgery last night to amputate her left arm.
Steve Pannu said staff at the Canadian embassy have been very supportive, as has the family's insurance carrier, Sun Life.