At least 12 people were killed, possibly including several Americans, when a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to visit Mayan ruins flipped over on a highway in an accident whose cause has yet to be determined by officials.
Quinta Roo state Civil Defense spokesman Vicente confirmed that seven Americans and two Swedes were among those injured in the early Tuesday morning crash, the Miami Herald reported. The nationalities of the people killed n the crash have yet to be confirmed.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, a cruise liner based in Miami, said in a statement that passengers from its Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas were involved in the crash. U.S. officials are working alongside Mexican authorities to determine whether any Americans were killed.
Bus company Costa Maya Mahahual said in a statement that the bus was ferrying cruise passengers who had stopped in the coastal town of Mahahual to visit nearby Mayan ruins, a popular international tourist destination.
According to Martin, the crash occurred as the bus was on its way to the ruins at Chacchoben. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
A statement from the Costa Maya port near the crash site revealed that the passengers aboard the bus were American, Italian, Swedish and Brazilian. The injured were transported to four nearby hospitals and by Tuesday afternoon, five of those passengers had been discharged.
“The news from Costa Maya about a bus accident involving our guests is heartbreaking,” said Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres. “Our hearts go out to all those involved. We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation.”