Cancer patient trapped in coach baggage compartment for 25km

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Cancer patient trapped in coach baggage compartment for 25km


A middle-aged woman, who was travelling on a coach to her home in Ireland after leaving a hospital where she underwent treatment for cancer, was accidentally locked in the baggage hold.

According to the Irish Times, the woman, who did not want to be named, was returning to her home in Ballyvaughan from a hospital in Galway and tried to reach for her bag from the baggage compartment but had to climb in to retrieve it after it was lodged behind a larger suitcase.

It is believed she fainted and the doors were closed before the bus continued its journey for 25km until she was discovered.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, a family friend said: "It's unbelievable. I can't believe something like this could happen. She doesn't want to make a big deal about it and I don't if it's because she's embarrassed or just isn't bothered by it but I know she was very frightened by the whole thing.

"When she got out of the bus in Doolin she didn't know where she was. She had words with the driver and someone arranged to drive her to Lisdoonvarna and she was taken home then from there.

"She would have been thrown all over the place and would definitely have been hurt."

A spokeswoman for coach company Bus Eireann told the BBC: "Bus Eireann takes complaints very seriously and we investigate all complaints.

"This matter is currently being investigated and you will appreciate no further comment can be given pending the outcome of the investigation."

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