At least 12 tourists dead in bus crash on excursion
Twelve people have been reported dead while 18 others were injured on Tuesday in Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo when a tour bus lost control and rolled over during an excursion to ancient ruins.
The bus was carrying 31 passengers, including citizens of the United States, Brazil and Sweden, authorities said. A child was among the dead. Quintana Roo is one of three states on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, which has popular tourist sites.
Twenty-seven of the passengers had been travelling on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said.
“Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident,” Martinez said in a statement. “We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation.”
The tourists were headed to the archaeological zone of Chacchoben, an ancient Mayan ruin south of the resort town of Tulum, when the vehicle veered off the highway early on Tuesday.
After the accident, passengers were taken to hospitals, bus company Costa Maya said in a statement. Five have been discharged and the injured were in stable condition, it said.