Bus crash hero's website warning of travel dangers in Egypt a year on from tragedy that killed 10
A year after being hailed a hero when he and his wife were in a horrific crash that killed 10 people, businessman Phillip Palmer has set up a web site warning people of the dangers of coach trips and road travel in Egypt. He and his wife Sandra, 50, (pict
A year after being hailed a hero when he and his wife were in a horrific crash that killed 10 people, businessman Phillip Palmer has set up a web site warning people of the dangers of coach trips and road travel in Egypt.
He and his wife Sandra, 50, (pictured) were going from Sharm-el-Sheikh to the Pyramids when their coach rolled over on a desert road and exploded in a fireball.
Mr Palmer, 44, braved the inferno and lowered his wife 20ft on to the desert floor and then helped other passengers. She suffered a broken leg and serious injuries to her left hand and has lost the use of two fingers.
To mark the first anniversary of the tragedy Mr Palmer, who lives with his wife in Primrose Lane, Arlesey, and runs the family business nearby, was determined to warn other people contemplating trips to Egypt about the dangers they could face on the roads and especially coach trips.
"Not enough has been done to make people aware of the dangers they face on Egypt's roads, so I decided to set up this web site www.may-day.me to give them more information," said Mr Palmer.
"The crash happened on May Day last year so that was the name I chose. People don't realise what travelling on roads is like there. They go there and think they are safe on holiday like they would be in the UK.
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"When our crash happened we had a two and a half hour wait for an ambulance and it looked more like a bad builder's van."
Mr Palmer added: "Sharm-el-Sheikh is a purpose built town on the Red Sea. It is very modern and built for tourism. But its infrastructure is third world.
"I just hope my web site can help people get a better insight into the dangers they could face and hope it will save a life.