Three members of same family killed in Mexico bus crash

Dec 23, 2017, 00:29
Three members of same family killed in Mexico bus crash

A church in the Athens community is mourning after learning one of their parishioners died in the tour bus crash that killed a dozen people in Mexico Tuesday.

Authorities confirmed to Reuters that a child was among the dead.

Shamis' daughter, 46-year-old Anna Behar and her son Daniel, 11, of Lorton, Va. were also killed. "An additional seven US citizens were injured in the accident", a State Department official said.

Of the injured passengers, three were from Canada, four from Brazil and four from the United States, according to the Quintana Roo government. "We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation", the cruise line tweeted. Bever, his wife Barbara and two daughters were aboard the bus which was headed to the Mayan ruins in Chacchoben, Mexico, according to Cecila Aparicio-Arascon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Athens.

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

Video images from the scene of the crash showed the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway, with some survivors lying on the pavement while others walked around.

They put out a statement saying, "Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya". At least 18 people were injured in the accident.

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

Chris Brawley, of Haslet, Texas, was on one of the two cruise ships that had passengers on the crashed bus and was taking a different bus to the ruins.

The cause of the accident, which occurred on the Mahahual-Cafetal Highway in the southern part of Quintana Roo, is being investigated.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says it will not be providing additional information about its passengers involved in Tuesday's bus crash in Mexico.

Martinez did not answer questions about the ships' itineraries or whether any services or schedule changes were being provided to other passengers on the two cruise ships. "Our 27 guests were on a bus tour to the Chacchoben Ruins". 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.

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

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