British woman dies in Tasmania coach crash

A British woman is one of four people who died in a coach crash in Tasmania.

A British woman is one of four people who died in a coach crash in Tasmania.

The British High Commission in Canberra say two more Britons could be among the remaining three fatalities.

Police in Hobart say three British tourists are among six survivors in hospital.

Hobart police spokesman Peter Hazelwood said one British woman is in a critical condition, a man travelling with her is described as being in a stable condition, and a second Briton is also stable in hospital.

Three people died at the scene, a fourth on the way to hospital.

The accident happened as the group was on a night tour to see the wildlife at the Cradle Mountain complex at about 10.15pm local time.

Insp Matthew Richmond of Hobart Police said the coach had stopped on a narrow gravel road near the Cradle Mountain tourist complex to allow another vehicle to pass when it "just seems to have toppled over down a steep bank".

One theory to the crash is that the road gave way under the weight of the bus.

Those on board included tourists from Britain, the US, New Zealand and Australia, he added.

Six survivors remain in North West Regional Hospital in Tasmania - the three Britons and three Australians - one of whom is in a critical condition. An emergency helpline has been set up on 00 6136 230 2677.

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