Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

At Least 12 Dead In Tourist Bus Crash In Mexico

5 American victims identified after fatal Mexico tour bus crash Manuel Jesus Ortega via CNN
Faye Gross | 21 December, 2017, 18:11

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said it was aware of reports that several American citizens had been injured and U.S. officials were working with local authorities to assess the citizenship and identity of individuals involved in the accident.

Pommet Reinthaler said she was devastated when her son called to break the news of the tragedy.

"For us to have something like that happen, it's nearly incredible. that she died so young and in another country where she was going to have so much fun with her family", Pommet Reinthaler said.

A bus carrying tourists from U.S. cruise ships to an archeological site in Mexico crashed Tuesday after running off the road, killing at least 12 people including several foreigners, state authorities said.

Royal Caribbean has confirmed that the passengers were from Serenade of the Seas and Celebrity Equinox.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by the bus crash in Mexico", said Global Affairs Canada spokesman Philip Hannan.

The crash occurred as the bus was on its way to the ruins at Chacchoben.

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Officials refused to give more details due to privacy considerations, further details can not be disclosed at this time.

The bus company, Costa Maya Mahahual, told CBS the nationalities of the passengers are: American, Italian, Swedish and Brazilian. "We are doing all we can to help our guests", it said.

The injured bus driver was taken into custody, the state government said.

"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident", Martinez said in a statement.

Images from the scene show the covered bus toppled on its side after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Some survivors could be seen lying on the pavement while others were able to walk.

The bus was carrying 31 passengers on a straight stretch of road with little traffic. They were in Roatan, Honduras, on Monday and were scheduled to be in Cozumel on Wednesday.

One of the bus passengers killed was Bob Bever from Athens. A Mexico state prosecutor said the initial investigation suggested that the accident had been caused by negligence and speed.

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