Deadly Mexico Bus Crash: Lorton mother and son reportedly among dead

A tourist bus carrying cruise ship passengers in Mexico killed 12 people and hurt 18 others when it flipped Tuesday.

Quintana Roo state authorities put the number of dead Americans at eight.

Family members told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that 78-year-old Fanya Shamis was on the bus carrying cruise ship passengers.

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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. "Our Embassy and consulate staff are working at the site to provide support to U.S. citizens in this hard time", U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson tweeted. The company said it was assisting with medical care.

The bus had been headed toward the Chacchoben Ruins, roughly 290 miles south of Cancun.

Quintana Roo state prosecutors in Mexico said a preliminary manslaughter investigation indicated the driver lost control of the bus and when he tried to get back on the narrow highway, the bus flipped, struck a tree and landed in vegetation along the roadside.

Among the bus passengers were 27 cruise guests from two Royal Caribbean ships, Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, the cruise line said.

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However, the BBC's Mexico correspondent said that among the nationalities believed to be on board the bus were Canadians, Italians and Swedish tourists, as well as the Mexican driver and tour guides.

The bus driver was injured and has been arrested, local officials said. He said his bus passed by just minutes after the accident and he observed skid marks on the dry pavement.

At the time of Tuesday's crash, the bus was traveling from the coastal village of Mahahual to the Mayan archaeological site Chacchoben, according to the public security office in the state of Quintana Roo.

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.

Brawley, of Haslet, Texas, said his ship departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday for a seven-day cruise. He didn't see any sign of any other vehicle being involved in the crash, which happened on a narrow, two-lane road with no shoulder or guardrail.

Royal Caribbean released a statement saying: "Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya".

"Captain informed us this morning one of our passengers passed overnight", Brawley said.

  • Eleanor Harrison