Peter Holmes a Court 'broken hearted' after wedding tram crash

Peter Holmes a Court and Alissa Everett have described themselves as "broken hearted" after a tragic accident in Zimbabwe killed one of their friends and injured 20 others.

Tragedy struck the wedding group of more than 30 when a freight train hit their tourist tram. American businessman and father of two, William Poovey, died from head injuries sustained in the crash. Others suffered broken bones, sprains and severe bruising.

In a statement, Mr Holmes a Court said the group was devastated but also very lucky.

"We are OK. Bruised, cut, stitched and strapped. These will fade and heal. Many others were hurt worse than us and, as a group, we were very, very lucky. On that tragic night, we witnessed so much bravery, but the world lost one of its best in Will Poovey. Alissa loved him like a brother, and Peter is honoured that he had blessed our union."

The couple married shortly after the disaster but say they won't take a honeymoon until next year "when smiles come easier".

They praised Will Poovey's wife Kara, who received treatment for a broken jaw from the accident, saying she continues to light up the room with her teary smile.

Mrs Poovey asked them to honour her husband by marrying in Botswana and filling his camera with photos.

"The wedding took place as planned, smaller and quieter without Will. Good will come from this if we rise to the challenge of living life as Will did: making the most of every day, adding laughter and joy to every room we enter, and deeply loving those close to us," said the couple.

The accident is still being investigated.

A friend of Ms Everett told Fairfax Media the tram had slid for more than 250 metres after being hit by the freight train.

“There were screams of terror, everything went flying,” said the friend, who asked not to be named.

Mr Holmes a Court, part owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, escaped the tram crash injured and "swollen in lots of places". His fiancee was unharmed.

The couple had requested donations for African development projects rather than wedding gifts. They have raised $17,000 for survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and say one of the houses will be named after Mr Poovey and his family.

The story Peter Holmes a Court 'broken hearted' after wedding tram crash first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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