05/09/2006

Woman seriously injured by Conservative minibus

A woman has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a minibus carrying Conservative party aides during David Cameron's four-day tour of India.

The minibus was travelling along a road in Mumbai when it hit the local woman just after noon on Tuesday, local time.

Initially, it was thought that the woman had been killed, but she survived and was taken to hospital for emergency surgery. She is reported to have suffered severe head injuries.

The minibus was carrying Conservative party aides, members of the High Commission staff and journalists to a lunch-time appointment at the Taj Mahal Hotel, following a trip to a slum.

It is understood that Conservative leader David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne were travelling in separate vehicles.

It was reported that journalists had asked the driver to slow down. The driver was also reportedly attacked by a mob which gathered around the minibus after the accident. He is believed to have suffered cuts and bruises in the attack.

Commenting on the accident, Mr Cameron said: "I was shocked and saddened to hear about this dreadful accident. The High Commission will do all that it can to assist the victim and her family."

(KMcA/SP)

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