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Two buyers remain in hospital a week after AIME crash

Hosted buyers receiving full support of Reed Exhibitions and Melbourne Convention Bureau to aid recovery

Pictured: 11 delegates were hospitalised when the bus crashed into a low bridge on Montague Street, Melbourne

Two hosted buyers remain in a Melbourne hospital one week after their bus crashed during a fam trip before the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo.

The two delegates, whose nationality have not been released but are not thought to be from the UK, are receiving the full support of Reed Exhibitions and Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) as they recover, the organisations say.

They were among a group of 15 who had to be cut free from their bus on Monday 22 February, when it crashed into a low-hanging bridge. No more details were released on the level of their injuries.

It has since emerged other delegates who were not involved in the crash bandied together to support one victim, who had reportedly come from the United States alone and was thought to have had no friends or family in Melbourne, and visited the buyer in hospital.

Brian Thomas, MD at Reed Exhibitions Australia, said: “We were pleased to have a number of those in hospital released over the weekend, but we are sensitive that their physical and emotional recovery will likely take more time. We are working together with all parties involved to help support them."

Reed and MCB say they have been supporting the pair left in hospital to offer them support for rehabilitation.

Karen Bolinger, MCB CEO added: “Our main concern is with the immediate wellbeing and health of those involved in the accident – the two still in hospital as well as those who’ve been discharged and returned home.

 “Accidents such as this one can be very traumatic for those involved and we are providing as much support as we can to ensure those affected can access medical support and counselling services."

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