Britons killed in Ecuador crash

FIVE British women killed in a bus crash in Ecuador have today been named.

FIVE British women killed in a bus crash in Ecuador have today been named.

Rebecca Logie, 20, of Lancashire, Indira Swann, 19 of Berkshire, Sarah Howard, 27 of Cheshire, Elizabeth Pincock, 19 of Somerset and Emily Sadler, 20 of Middlesex, died as they travelled from the capital Quito to the coastal town of Puerto Lopez yesterday.

They were taking part in a trip organised by Warwick-based gap year specialists VentureCo. The company has sent a message of sympathy to the victims' families.

Also injured in the crash were another 12 Britons, a French national and two Ecuadorians, a driver and a tour guide.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth office said the exact circumstances of the crash were not yet known.

She said: "We are not sure whether any other vehicles were involved. We are still trying to piece together all the details.”

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Anyone worried about a friend or relative in Ecuador can call the FCO on 020 7008 1500.

Ecuador attracts tourists for its volcanoes, tropical forests and rich wildlife.

It includes the Galapagos Islands - which are located some 600 miles west of the mainland - and part of the Amazon Basin.

The FCO said there were 20 people on board the bus - the 17 Britons, a French national and two Ecuadorians, one a driver and the other a tour guide.

None of the injuries are believed to be critical at this stage.

The five who died were "young' British females, according to an Ecuadorian news website.