STANDING TOGETHER: Mourners pay respects to group killed in Tanzania crash

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Mourners stand outside the town hall to pay their respects. Credit: Ayuntamiento de Velez-Malaga

A GROUP of four tourists on holiday in Tanzania died when their SUV was smashed into by a lorry on their way to a safari.

Three of the victims were women from Malaga, two of whom worked as nurses at the Hospital Clinico Virgen de la Victoria.

The fourth of the group was an Italian friend of theirs who had been living in Malaga for many years.

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As confirmed by the company organising the safari, Tabia Tours, the deceased have been identified as Maria Belen Jimenez, Maria Victoria Alaez, Juana Jimenez, and Sebastien Giordani.

There were two other people travelling with them of Tanzanian nationality, the driver and the cook, who were also killed.

Reports suggest that the lorry lost the function of its brakes and crashed into their off-road vehicle in the Arusha region.

Relatives of the victims were contacted by the Spanish Embassy in Tanzania to inform them of the tragedy.

On Tuesday at 12pm a minute’s silence was held outside the Velez-Malaga town hall, to pay tribute to those that lost their lives.

Mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer expressed his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, on behalf of the council.

He added that there was still no concrete information on the exact cause of the accident, or when the bodies can be repatriated, but that he would let them know as soon as possible.

 

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