Americans among dead in Mexico tour bus crash

Javier Stokes
December 23, 2017

The Virginians were among eight USA citizens, two Swedish tourists and at least one Canadian killed when the tour bus overturned in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Quintana Roo state authorities put the number of dead Americans at eight. Her husband, Moises Behar, and 15-year-old son, David, were injured.

Traveler Donna Roehr offered condolences Wednesday to the victims of the crash as she and her family traveled through the area - on the same cruise line affected by the deadly crash.

Of the 13 passengers who were injured, three were from Canada, four from Brazil and four from the United States, according to the Quintana Roo government. The company said it was assisting with medical care.

The tourists were headed to the archaeological site of Chacchoben, a Mayan ruin south of the resort town of Tulum.

An ambulance sits parked next to an overturned bus in Mahahual, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.

The bus flipped on a narrow highway in Quintana Roo state while carrying tourists to Mayan ruins.

A Mexican state prosecutor says a preliminary investigation shows the bus crash that killed 11 foreign tourists and their guide was caused by the driver's negligence and possible speeding.

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"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya", said Royal Caribbean via a release.

Their bus crashed on a highway, killing 12 people and injuring many others. A passenger on another bus that passed just minutes after the crash said he observed skid marks on the dry pavement.

"Due to a lack of care the driver lost control of the bus' steering to the right, leaving the asphalt", Pech Cen said.

Brawley said the ship he was sailing on, the Serenade of the Seas, sailed out of Mahahual Tuesday around 5:30 p.m., a couple hours after its scheduled departure.

The injured bus driver was taken into custody, the government statement said. They had been on the road for about 35 to 40 minutes before the accident. "Our 27 guests were on a bus tour to the Chacchoben Ruins".

The crash happened on a narrow, two-lane road with no shoulder or guardrail, he said, and it did not appear that any other vehicle was involved.

Chris Brawley, a passenger on the Serenade of Seas, was on a different bus when they came on the scene.

One of the ship's captains addressed passengers on board, informing travelers of the injuries and fatalities.

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