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Three tourists were left behind in a bus accident in the Dominican Republic because toxicology reports show the driver was using cocaine

A terrifying surveillance video shows the moment a bus overturned in the Dominican Republic, killing three tourists and injuring 48 others. A toxicology report revealed that the driver tested positive for cocaine.

The coach was carrying 51 passengers from Mexico and South America on a highway in the municipality of Bavaro last Thursday.

The victims who died in the crash were identified as Argentine Valeria Brovelli, 33; Valeria Medina, a 44-year-old mother of one; and Peruvian Karla Rodríguez, 44.

Medina had her arm amputated in the accident, her husband Diego Donaley told the Dominican newspaper Diario Libre.

“We’ve been waiting for an ambulance for about half an hour,” Donaley said. ‘I took my wife with a firefighter and we left for the IMG Hospital. She lost an arm, I told the fireman, let’s not wait any longer.’

The driver, Franklin Nin, 47, was arrested Friday. Prosecutors have requested that Nin be held in pre-trial detention for up to one year.

Still image from a surveillance camera showed the bus (top left) traveling in the right lane just before it crashed in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, last Thursday, killing three tourists and injuring 48 others

Prosecutors from the Dominican Republic have requested that Franklin Nin be remanded in custody for a year as part of the investigation into the crash that killed three tourists and injured 48 others last Thursday.  The 47-year-old was behind the wheels of the bus that overturned after exiting a highway.  A toxicology report showed that Nin tested positive for cocaine

Prosecutors from the Dominican Republic have requested that Franklin Nin be remanded in custody for a year as part of the investigation into the crash that killed three tourists and injured 48 others last Thursday. The 47-year-old was behind the wheels of the bus that overturned after exiting a highway. A toxicology report showed that Nin tested positive for cocaine

Two tourists from Argentina and another from Peru were killed in a bus crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.  48 holidaymakers were injured in the accident

Two tourists from Argentina and another from Peru were killed in a bus crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday. 48 holidaymakers were injured in the accident

Footage from the accident showed the bus traveling in the right-hand lane of the highway as it approached a curb at an intersection before suddenly flipping to the left.

The vehicle then flipped over and slid onto the road on its left side for several meters until it came to a complete stop.

Nin transported the group to a field trip in Isla Saona and told investigators that he “saw a vehicle slamming its brakes and crossing in front of me.”

However, the video in question does not seem to confirm his version of the crash. Dominique Dreckman refuted Nin’s claims, also telling Chilean news channel Meganoticias that the bus was outdated and “not even suitable for carrying such a large number of people.”

A bus carrying tourists crashed in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, last Thursday, killing three people and injuring 48

A bus carrying tourists crashed in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, last Thursday, killing three people and injuring 48

Karla Rodríguez, a native of Peru, was one of three people killed in the bus accident

Karla Rodríguez, a native of Peru, was one of three people killed in the bus accident

Valerie Brovelli, one of two Argentinian tourists killed in Thursday's bus crash

Valerie Brovelli, one of two Argentinian tourists killed in Thursday’s bus crash

Valerie Medina was one of three women killed when the bus they were on crashed in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, last Thursday.  The 44-year-old lost one of her arms last Thursday in a bus accident in the Dominican Republic, according to her husband, who survived the accident involving the couple's child.

Valerie Medina was one of three women killed when the bus they were on crashed in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, last Thursday. The 44-year-old lost one of her arms last Thursday in a bus accident in the Dominican Republic, according to her husband, who survived the accident involving the couple’s child.

Dominique Dreckman, a passenger on the bus when it crashed, told Chilean news channel Meganoticias that the bus Nin was traveling on was outdated and “not even capable of carrying such a large number of people.”

“It’s not how they tell it. The bus driver dodged a bus to avoid crashing, which was not the case,” she recalls. “He was going too fast and made a corner, which caused him to roll over. Luckily my friends and I were driving on the side with the windows up, not on the sidewalk.’

The bus leaned to the left before overturning and crashing, killing three female tourists - two from Argentina and one from Peru

The bus leaned to the left before overturning and crashing, killing three female tourists – two from Argentina and one from Peru

Authorities are standing near a road where the bus crashed in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.  The accident killed three tourists and injured 48 others

Authorities are standing near a road where the bus crashed in the Dominican Republic on Thursday. The accident killed three tourists and injured 48 others

A toxicology report found that the bus ride tested positive for cocaine use

A toxicology report found that the bus ride tested positive for cocaine use

A newlywed couple from Brazil who traveled to the Dominican Republic to celebrate their honeymoon were also among those injured, according to Brazilian news channel G1.

Jhordan Abdalla, 28, said his wife, Flavia Martinez, 26, had suffered a head injury and had already undergone surgery.

“She’s doing much better and getting better every day,” said Abdalla, who escaped with abrasions to both arms and needed stitches. ‘She has already managed to get out of bed, which is a good sign and she is less swollen too. She is stable and talkative, even a little annoyed because she has to stay in the ICU bed.’

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